Unlike baseball team box scores, the approval rates of the Federal Administrative Law Judges who decide Social Security Disability cases are not published in the daily newspaper. The answer to this question used to be difficult and we could only use our own actual experiences and the data from other lawyers with whom we share information at the American Association for Justice, NOSSCR and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. However, now you can 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 spinal cord injury 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 a spine injury or brain trauma case and how the Federal Judge (and his or her staff) prefer to receive the evidence of disability when there are few outward signs that they can see. Recently occupational disability and disease lawyer Doug Landau was contacted by Maryland and West Virginia lawyers 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.