Wisconsin Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin reveals that 32% 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.

Wisconsin has 2 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, 40% of Wisconsin disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, Wisconsin residents wait 563 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

Disability Statistics for Wisconsin
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Madison 5 20 months 583 days 1.79 20% 48% 32%
Milwaukee 15 16 months 543 days 1.72 35% 33% 33%
All Wisconsin 0 18 months 563 days 1.76 27% 40% 32%
All Administrative Law Judges in Wisconsin
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Michael N Balter Milwaukee 20 20 103 40 85 45 103
Brent C Bedwell Milwaukee 26 11 120 37 87 50 120
Patrick Berigan Milwaukee 33 6 111 39 91 52 111
Gary Freyberg Milwaukee 20 13 111 33 93 60 111
Jeffry Gauthier Milwaukee 17 3 116 20 112 92 116
Chad Gendreau Milwaukee 23 5 98 28 79 51 98
Joseph D Jacobson Madison 82 10 151 92 126 34 151
Peter Kafkas Milwaukee 12 6 85 18 67 49 85
Timothy J Malloy Milwaukee 19 3 83 22 67 45 83
Debra Meachum Madison 80 10 134 90 109 19 134
Christopher Messina Madison 14 1 90 15 18 3 30
Christopher Messina Milwaukee 24 9 90 33 55 22 60
Margaret J O'Grady Milwaukee 11 4 69 15 51 36 69
Guila Parker Milwaukee 21 25 146 46 118 72 146
Ahavaha Pyrtel Madison 60 10 109 70 88 18 109
Wayne L Ritter Milwaukee 12 7 98 19 78 59 98
Arman Rouf Milwaukee 18 23 97 41 82 41 97
Michael Schaefer Madison 68 4 105 72 94 22 105
William Shenkenberg Milwaukee 31 5 101 36 84 48 101
Dean Syrjanen Milwaukee 20 11 122 31 92 61 122
View Social Security Offices in Wisconsin
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