New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in New Jersey, then you should weigh the benefits of hiring an attorney. An experienced Social Security disability lawyer can significantly improve the odds that your case will be approved.

Social Security data from New Jersey reveals that 38% of the Social Security disability claims are denied on average. Of course, most applicants that have been denied on their first attempt appeal the decision. However, the chances of approval are even worse in the first phase of the appeals process, which is formally known as reconsideration.

The vast majority of claimants will have to wait until their hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to have a significant chance of approval.

New Jersey has 3 Hearing Offices where you can go to have your case heard by an ALJ. They are listed in the above table.

Most successful Social Security disability claims are approved during the hearing, largely because the ALJs have more leeway in the way they handle claims and can actually see and hear you while you present evidence of your disability.

Overall, 42% of New Jersey disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, New Jersey residents wait 623 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

View Social Security Offices in New Jersey
Disability Statistics for New Jersey
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Pennsauken 12 21 months 668 days 1.60 24% 40% 35%
Jersey City 10 16 months 573 days 1.17 20% 30% 50%
Newark 15 19 months 628 days 2.02 14% 56% 30%
All New Jersey 37 19 months 623 days 1.60 19% 42% 38%
ALJ Judges in New Jersey
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Andrea Addison Jersey City 73 14 159 87 133 46 159
Sharon Allard Newark 37 20 115 57 101 44 115
Douglass Alvarado Newark 57 13 132 70 114 44 132
Kenneth Ayers Newark 35 15 169 50 142 92 169
Sheena Barr Jersey City 71 5 116 76 93 17 116
John Campbell Pennsauken 28 14 127 42 100 58 127
Nicholas Cerulli Pennsauken 26 3 66 29 49 20 66
Leonard F Costa Newark 47 7 140 54 122 68 140
Ricardy Damille Newark 26 21 133 47 102 55 133
Myriam C Fernandez Rice Newark 23 11 121 34 58 24 81
Lisa Hibner Pennsauken 33 11 111 44 90 46 111
Mark Hockensmith Newark 2 0 105 2 3 1 3
Mark Hockensmith Pennsauken 0 0 105 0 0 0 3
Elana Hollo Jersey City 73 1 158 74 128 54 158
Kevin Kenneally Jersey City 78 17 173 95 139 44 173
Donna A Krappa Newark 60 8 113 68 96 28 113
Peter R Lee Newark 9 11 124 20 92 72 124
Nancy Lisewski Pennsauken 37 9 120 46 101 55 120
Meryl L Lissek Newark 80 8 158 88 125 37 158
Dina R Loewy Jersey City 18 10 81 28 60 32 81
Scott Massengill Pennsauken 35 15 143 50 114 64 143
Theresa Merrill Newark 79 7 135 86 104 18 135
Hilton R Miller Jersey City 56 20 161 76 132 56 161
Kim Soo Nagle Pennsauken 13 4 80 17 41 24 53
Dennis O'Leary Newark 105 12 192 117 171 54 192
Gina Pesaresi Jersey City 73 11 162 84 135 51 162
Jennifer Pustizzi Pennsauken 25 27 128 52 109 57 128
Jack Russak Jersey City 52 10 120 62 89 27 120
Daniel N Shellhamer Pennsauken 57 14 117 71 102 31 117
Karen Shelton Pennsauken 27 19 112 46 84 38 112
Beth Shillin Newark 36 11 98 47 81 34 98
David Suna Jersey City 41 6 94 47 79 32 94
Frederick Timm Pennsauken 71 20 147 91 120 29 147
Scott Tirrell Newark 21 11 95 32 65 33 95
Marguerite Toland Jersey City 24 7 83 31 57 26 83
Richard West Newark 47 10 102 57 87 30 102
April M Wexler Pennsauken 2 0 121 2 4 2 5
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