South Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in South Carolina, 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 South Carolina reveals that 43% 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.

South Carolina 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, 36% of South Carolina disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, South Carolina residents wait 540 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

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Disability Statistics for South Carolina
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Columbia 15 13 months 466 days 1.99 7% 49% 44%
Mauldin 9 18 months 608 days 2.18 13% 28% 59%
North Charleston 13 16 months 545 days 1.44 41% 32% 27%
All South Carolina 37 16 months 540 days 1.87 20% 36% 43%
ALJ Judges in South Carolina
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Brent T Asseff Columbia 53 3 113 56 85 29 113
Ethan A Chase North Charleston 40 5 115 45 87 42 115
Marcus Christ North Charleston 52 1 95 53 79 26 95
Frederick W Christian Columbia 37 4 85 41 75 34 85
Arthur L Conover Columbia 62 3 143 65 117 52 143
Amanda Craven Columbia 47 7 112 54 98 44 112
Paul Elkin Columbia 38 4 128 42 108 66 128
Ronald Fleming Columbia 72 4 128 76 112 36 128
Nicole S Forbes-Schmitt North Charleston 47 6 114 53 87 34 114
Colin Fritz Mauldin 34 7 97 41 79 38 97
Brian Garves Columbia 25 10 118 35 95 60 118
Tammy Georgian North Charleston 6 3 87 9 64 55 87
Christine Guard North Charleston 5 3 102 8 30 22 30
Jr., Walter C Herin Columbia 38 18 122 56 104 48 122
Thaddeus J Hess Mauldin 78 6 164 84 137 53 164
Peter Jamison Columbia 65 3 127 68 110 42 127
Alice Jordan Mauldin 79 2 151 81 122 41 151
Richard LaFata North Charleston 19 20 79 39 57 18 79
James M Martin Mauldin 60 7 143 67 128 61 143
John R Martin Columbia 57 0 98 57 66 9 98
Nancy McCoy Columbia 29 5 102 34 85 51 102
Peggy McFadden-Elmore North Charleston 51 4 106 55 85 30 106
Danette Mincey North Charleston 21 3 70 24 40 16 70
Edward T Morriss North Charleston 28 4 106 32 83 51 106
Ann G. Paschall Mauldin 87 11 159 98 134 36 159
Jerry W Peace Mauldin 42 0 120 42 94 52 120
J. Petri Mauldin 64 7 168 71 140 69 168
James H Scott North Charleston 9 0 13 9 11 2 13
Jonathan T Shoenholz Columbia 39 10 94 49 78 29 94
Ronald Sweeda North Charleston 46 6 129 52 101 49 129
Linda D Taylor North Charleston 22 7 91 29 71 42 91
William F Taylor Columbia 53 9 149 62 110 48 122
Joshua Vineyard Columbia 35 2 125 37 102 65 125
Flora L Vinson Columbia 37 15 149 52 131 79 148
Nicholas Walter Mauldin 41 2 90 43 64 21 90
Carl B Watson North Charleston 26 3 72 29 48 19 72
Gregory M. Wilson Mauldin 16 1 63 17 55 38 63
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