Washington D.C. Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in D.C., 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 D.C. reveals that 41% 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.

D.C. 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, 36% of D.C. disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, D.C. residents wait 574 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

Disability Statistics for D.C.
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Washington 8 18 months 574 days 1.45 23% 36% 41%
All D.C. 0 18 months 574 days 1.45 23% 36% 41%
All Administrative Law Judges in D.C.
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
F. H Ayer Washington 14 6 83 20 56 36 83
Andrew M Emerson Washington 25 4 82 29 51 22 82
Richard Furcolo Washington 5 4 89 9 51 42 89
Raghav Kotval Washington 29 26 159 55 118 63 159
M. Krasnow Washington 11 1 85 12 49 37 85
Susan Maley Washington 31 1 84 32 64 32 84
Thomas M Ray Washington 25 8 103 33 68 35 103
Janice Ulan Washington 0 0 58 0 0 0 1
View Social Security Offices in D.C.
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