Washington Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Washington, 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 Washington reveals that 47% 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.

Washington 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 Washington disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, Washington residents wait 488 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

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Disability Statistics for Washington
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Tacoma 17 13 months 468 days 1.07 17% 50% 32%
Spokane 10 14 months 495 days 1.85 24% 29% 48%
Seattle 21 14 months 500 days 1.25 15% 24% 61%
All Washington 48 14 months 488 days 1.39 19% 34% 47%
ALJ Judges in Washington
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
M. J. Adams Seattle 35 9 147 44 109 65 147
Wayne N Araki Seattle 26 13 113 39 94 55 113
Moira Ausems Spokane 91 8 139 99 124 25 139
Eric S Basse Seattle 36 5 114 41 101 60 114
Michael C Blanton Seattle 70 9 104 79 84 5 104
Kimberly Boyce Seattle 13 13 103 26 80 54 103
Joanne E Dantonio Tacoma 26 4 82 30 61 31 82
Keith Dietterle Seattle 0 1 80 1 1 0 1
Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis Tacoma 3 0 99 3 6 3 6
Allen G Erickson Tacoma 17 6 149 23 112 89 149
Myriam C Fernandez Rice Seattle 1 0 121 1 1 0 1
Myriam C Fernandez Rice Tacoma 0 2 121 2 2 0 6
Lori L Freund Spokane 44 8 92 52 75 23 92
Mary Gallagher Dilley Seattle 44 18 137 62 107 45 137
Paul Gaughen Tacoma 45 10 95 55 76 21 95
Gerald J Hill Tacoma 32 13 160 45 140 95 160
Mark Hockensmith Tacoma 0 0 105 0 4 4 5
Jo Hoenninger Seattle 1 0 114 1 2 1 3
David Johnson Tacoma 38 15 122 53 102 49 122
Rebecca L Jones Tacoma 8 3 58 11 40 29 58
Larry Kennedy Seattle 26 14 126 40 103 63 126
M. S Kidd Spokane 2 0 4 2 2 0 3
M. S Kidd Tacoma 0 1 4 1 1 0 1
Mark Kim Spokane 39 9 110 48 98 50 110
Lawrence Lee Tacoma 28 7 131 35 93 58 131
Timothy Mangrum Seattle 28 3 67 31 49 18 67
Stephanie Martz Seattle 8 3 46 11 35 24 46
Marilyn S. Mauer Tacoma 28 6 82 34 64 30 82
Glenn G Meyers Seattle 17 18 101 35 86 51 101
Tom L Morris Seattle 2 5 69 7 52 45 69
Marie Palachuk Spokane 40 4 138 44 101 57 138
R. J Payne Spokane 41 3 103 44 81 37 103
C. H Prinsloo Seattle 45 2 137 47 101 54 137
MaryKay Rauenzahn Tacoma 3 0 140 3 3 0 4
Virginia M Robinson Seattle 11 2 58 13 44 31 58
Malcolm Ross Tacoma 36 7 147 43 113 70 147
Jesse K Shumway Spokane 38 8 134 46 108 62 134
Caroline Siderius Spokane 38 2 82 40 59 19 74
Caroline Siderius Tacoma 3 0 82 3 3 0 8
Ilene Sloan Seattle 2 3 40 5 38 33 40
Raymond L Souza Seattle 10 2 50 12 40 28 50
Robert F Spaulding Seattle 3 0 86 3 4 1 4
Stewart Stallings Spokane 70 13 143 83 124 41 143
Laura Valente Seattle 41 6 122 47 104 57 122
Donna L Walker Spokane 102 6 153 108 131 23 153
Melissa Warner Tacoma 4 0 101 4 6 2 9
Elizabeth Watson Seattle 1 0 185 1 3 2 7
April M Wexler Tacoma 0 1 121 1 1 0 4
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