New Mexico Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in New Mexico, 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 Mexico reveals that 35% 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 Mexico has 1 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, 46% of New Mexico disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, New Mexico residents wait 495 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

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Disability Statistics for New Mexico
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Albuquerque 12 13 months 495 days 1.76 20% 46% 35%
All New Mexico 23 13 months 495 days 1.76 20% 46% 35%
ALJ Judges in New Mexico
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Ben Ballengee Albuquerque 35 9 83 44 61 17 83
Salena D Bowman-Davis Albuquerque 5 14 56 19 50 31 56
James A Burke Albuquerque 105 3 123 108 115 7 123
Louis M Catanese Albuquerque 28 6 103 34 82 48 103
David J DeLaittre Albuquerque 0 0 65 0 4 4 4
Ann Farris Albuquerque 29 4 108 33 93 60 108
Myriam C Fernandez Rice Albuquerque 5 0 121 5 13 8 13
Robert Freedman Albuquerque 19 4 107 23 85 62 107
Cole Gerstner Albuquerque 50 3 152 53 131 78 152
Stephen Gontis Albuquerque 45 13 155 58 138 80 155
Jeffrey N Holappa Albuquerque 25 14 97 39 80 41 97
Michael Leppala Albuquerque 20 6 124 26 101 75 124
Michelle K Lindsay Albuquerque 18 7 84 25 71 46 84
MaryAnn Lunderman Albuquerque 11 6 120 17 89 72 120
Barry O'Melinn Albuquerque 36 3 123 39 87 48 123
Lillian Richter Albuquerque 25 16 85 41 74 33 85
Barry Robinson Albuquerque 26 9 86 35 72 37 86
John W Rolph Albuquerque 61 1 169 62 131 69 169
Frederick Upshall Jr Albuquerque 45 6 122 51 111 60 122
Deborah J Van Vleck Albuquerque 22 7 94 29 71 42 94
Eric Weiss Albuquerque 32 19 114 51 96 45 114
Thomas J Wheeler Albuquerque 0 0 150 0 0 0 1
Ben Willner Albuquerque 38 3 130 41 96 55 130
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