Social Security disability lawyer Landau asked, “What are the denial rates of the Administrative Law Judge hearing MY case ?”

While the answer to this question used to be difficult, and Northern Virginia claimants’ counsel Doug Landau could only use his own law firm’s actual experiences and the data from other lawyers with whom we share information at the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (“NOSSCR“) and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, (“VTLA”), you can now get several years of results of many Social Security Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”). In response to a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA“) request by The Oregonian newspaper, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) released the production numbers and approval rates for all of its Administrative Law Judges. The agency released complete reports for 2005, 2006 and 2007. The table for 2008 covers most — but not all — of the year.

To search the database, click this link, enter a judge’s name or select a year.  You can sort the table by any of the categories by clicking on the category header.

While we prefer to rely on our own experience in front of particular judges and SSA staff, utilizing this information can also be helpful.  At the Herndon, Reston and Leesburg area disability law firm of ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., we will often contact numbers other lawyers with whom we have worked in order to get a consensus as to how best to present the case and how the Federal Judge (and his or her staff) prefer to receive the evidence. Last week occupational disability and disease lawyer Doug Landau was contacted by a Pennsylvania firm in order to help the disabled claimant’s counsel prepare for a video Hearing before a Virginia ALJ. If you or someone you know has been injured in an on the job accident or become disabled as the result of an occupational disease or illness, please e-mail or call ABRAMS LANDAU (703-796-9555) today so that we can help them with their Federal Social Security claim.

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