West Virginia Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in West 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 West Virginia reveals that 37% 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.

West Virginia 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, 44% of West Virginia disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, West Virginia residents wait 582 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

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Disability Statistics for West Virginia
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Morgantown 7 19 months 596 days 1.45 20% 66% 15%
Huntington 4 17 months 573 days 2.29 25% 29% 46%
Charleston 11 17 months 577 days 2.07 14% 38% 49%
All West Virginia 22 18 months 582 days 1.94 19% 44% 37%
ALJ Judges in West Virginia
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Valerie A Bawolek Charleston 86 9 140 95 117 22 140
Nathan Brown Charleston 46 15 200 61 176 115 200
Sr., Toby J Buel Charleston 100 8 179 108 147 39 179
Regina Carpenter Morgantown 35 8 108 43 77 34 108
Michael Carr Morgantown 13 3 115 16 30 14 63
M D Crislip Charleston 78 6 139 84 121 37 139
Brian Crockett Morgantown 12 12 60 24 46 22 60
Nikki Hall Morgantown 13 3 111 16 91 75 111
Maria Hodges Huntington 62 9 167 71 148 77 167
Julianne Hostovich Charleston 49 8 163 57 137 80 163
Jon K Johnson Charleston 54 0 95 54 72 18 95
Karen B Kostol Morgantown 16 9 78 25 58 33 78
Jeffrey P La Vicka Morgantown 19 1 76 20 58 38 76
Lisa B Martin Charleston 48 10 118 58 71 13 80
Jerry Meade Huntington 30 1 146 31 129 98 146
Neil Morholt Huntington 48 9 127 57 112 55 127
Kim Soo Nagle Charleston 1 1 80 2 2 0 3
William R Paxton Charleston 61 8 128 69 109 40 128
Francine A Serafin Charleston 46 7 143 53 129 76 143
William R Stanley Morgantown 38 2 102 40 77 37 102
Sabrina M Tilley Charleston 39 4 73 43 58 15 73
Melinda Wells Huntington 32 6 100 38 80 42 100
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