Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Virginia, 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 Virginia reveals that 29% 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.

Virginia has 4 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, 50% of Virginia disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, Virginia residents wait 498 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

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Disability Statistics for Virginia
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Roanoke 6 15 months 532 days 1.91 14% 47% 39%
Charlottesville 5 14 months 519 days 2.23 19% 50% 31%
Norfolk 10 13 months 435 days 1.93 28% 31% 42%
Richmond 10 14 months 507 days 1.81 21% 73% 6%
All Virginia 54 14 months 498 days 1.97 20% 50% 29%
ALJ Judges in Virginia
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
John R Allen Alexandria 25 5 83 30 61 31 83
Theodore W Annos Charlottesville 22 2 60 24 52 28 60
Francine L Applewhite Alexandria 11 6 44 17 40 23 44
L. R BaileySmith Richmond 22 9 113 31 86 55 113
Mark Baker Richmond 30 4 100 34 70 36 100
Larry Banks Alexandria 34 12 96 46 77 31 96
Brian Battles Alexandria 36 9 108 45 74 29 108
David J Begley Alexandria 24 2 87 26 46 20 87
Maryann S Bright Norfolk 38 11 117 49 94 45 117
Michael Carr Alexandria 8 5 115 13 41 28 44
Benjamin Chaykin Alexandria 36 19 117 55 94 39 117
Kerith Cohen Norfolk 47 9 130 56 106 50 130
Linda S Crovella Richmond 20 7 101 27 68 41 101
Collin Delaney Alexandria 39 6 87 45 64 19 87
Michael Dennard Roanoke 40 9 126 49 108 59 126
O. P Dodson Norfolk 36 12 128 48 104 56 128
Tom Duann Norfolk 70 5 161 75 129 54 161
Rosanne M Dummer Alexandria 43 12 129 55 98 43 129
Elizabeth Ebner Alexandria 32 7 107 39 69 30 107
Thomas W Erwin Roanoke 59 14 157 73 136 63 157
Monica L Flynn Richmond 21 11 105 32 74 42 105
Deborah Foresman Richmond 17 17 104 34 72 38 104
Nicolas R Foster Richmond 39 12 143 51 118 67 143
Roxanne Fuller Alexandria 29 5 91 34 60 26 91
Stewart Goldstein Norfolk 17 4 53 21 49 28 53
Paul Greenberg Alexandria 31 3 97 34 64 30 97
Hortensia Haaversen Alexandria 43 1 120 44 82 38 120
Gregory M Hamel Alexandria 28 4 87 32 63 31 87
B. Hannan Alexandria 32 9 112 41 81 40 112
William H. Hauser Richmond 31 7 74 38 61 23 74
JuanCarlos Hunt Alexandria 35 6 128 41 89 48 128
Jeffrey M Jordan Norfolk 58 11 137 69 122 53 137
Theodore P Kennedy Richmond 51 3 150 54 119 65 150
Theodore Kim Alexandria 26 11 137 37 94 57 137
Suzette Knight Richmond 18 13 141 31 105 74 141
David S Lewandowski Roanoke 18 4 83 22 65 43 83
John Loughlin Alexandria 39 12 136 51 102 51 136
William M Manico Alexandria 55 3 127 58 92 34 127
Lisa B Martin Alexandria 5 3 118 8 25 17 27
Carol Matula Norfolk 54 12 168 66 144 78 168
Gregory Moldafsky Alexandria 23 2 86 25 65 40 86
H. Munday Charlottesville 3 10 92 13 67 54 92
John Murdock Alexandria 27 2 267 29 32 3 46
Maria Nunez Richmond 18 0 39 18 35 17 39
Mark A O'Hara Charlottesville 8 16 206 24 193 169 206
Geraldine H Page Roanoke 24 14 112 38 102 64 112
Mary C Peltzer Charlottesville 27 38 169 65 147 82 169
William Pflugrath Norfolk 21 2 82 23 54 31 82
Irving A Pianin Norfolk 4 3 47 7 46 39 47
Brian B Rippel Charlottesville 26 5 131 31 108 77 131
Jeffrey J Schueler Roanoke 28 4 79 32 64 32 79
Joseph T Scruton Roanoke 62 8 120 70 107 37 120
Susan G Smith Alexandria 24 7 100 31 65 34 100
Jr., William T Vest Norfolk 40 6 113 46 104 58 113
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