Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyers

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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.

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 0 14 months 125 days 1.97 20% 50% 29%
All Administrative Law 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