Oklahoma Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Oklahoma, 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 Oklahoma 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.

Oklahoma 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, 34% of Oklahoma disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, Oklahoma residents wait 416 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

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Disability Statistics for Oklahoma
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Oklahoma City 16 13 months 462 days 1.82 28% 47% 26%
McAlester 3 14 months 361 days 2.39 20% 27% 52%
Tulsa 8 13 months 426 days 2.40 37% 29% 35%
All Oklahoma 27 13 months 416 days 2.20 28% 34% 38%
ALJ Judges in Oklahoma
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Trace Baldwin Oklahoma City 24 1 53 25 32 7 53
J. Leland Bentley McAlester 71 6 153 77 129 52 153
Susan W Conyers Oklahoma City 57 3 119 60 98 38 119
Steven L Cravens Oklahoma City 48 5 94 53 79 26 94
B. D Crutchfield Tulsa 71 4 153 75 130 55 153
Deirdre O Dexter Tulsa 81 14 167 95 144 49 167
David W Engel Tulsa 91 23 162 114 142 28 162
Kenton W Fulton Oklahoma City 35 2 92 37 69 32 92
II, Doug Gabbard McAlester 28 9 123 37 105 68 123
J. Dell Gordon Oklahoma City 31 2 92 33 75 42 92
Angelita Hamilton Oklahoma City 24 4 69 28 51 23 69
Michael Harris Oklahoma City 67 5 125 72 100 28 125
Christopher Hunt Tulsa 57 2 112 59 90 31 112
Jodi B. Levine Oklahoma City 29 3 80 32 68 36 80
James Linehan Oklahoma City 51 2 143 53 124 71 143
Luke Liter Tulsa 80 13 162 93 135 42 162
Michael Mannes McAlester 26 13 147 39 129 90 147
Lantz McClain Tulsa 38 18 168 56 147 91 168
Jennie L. McLean Oklahoma City 27 1 72 28 57 29 72
Sylke Merchan Oklahoma City 46 4 101 50 75 25 101
Kim D. Parrish Oklahoma City 66 3 136 69 114 45 136
Sherry L. Schallner Oklahoma City 44 8 123 52 102 50 123
Larry D. Shepherd Oklahoma City 11 2 91 13 69 56 91
James Stewart Tulsa 42 1 80 43 61 18 80
Douglas S. Stults Oklahoma City 68 4 151 72 125 53 151
Edward L. Thompson Oklahoma City 47 6 180 53 132 79 180
Jeffrey S Wolfe Tulsa 80 8 128 88 106 18 128
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