Disability Hearings - Frequetly Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why do you include dismissals in the approval rating?
The number of dismissals is an important statistic when comparing judges. For example, there is a judge in California with an approval rating that looks like this:
If we did not include dismissed cases in the approval rating, it would appear that this judge approves more than %50 of cases. However, if you talk to an attorney that appears regularly before this judge you will find that the judge often tells attorneys before the hearing that he has already made up his mind and is going to deny the claim. The attorney will then opt to not proceed and the case will get "dismissed" instead of denied.
What is the difference between Hearing Wait Time and Processing Time?
Average Hearing Wait time is the average number of months from the hearing request date to the hearing held date.
Average Processing time is the average number of calendar days from the hearing request date to the disposition date.
Why would a disability case be "dismissed" by a judge?
There are many reasons why a judge might dismiss a disability case. Some of those reasons are:
The hearing request was not filed on time
The claimant did not show up for the schedule hearing
The claimant withdrew the hearing request
Most of the cases that are dismissed are for claimants who are not represented by an attorney. Having a disability attorney will help insure that your claim is not dismissed because your attorney is going to help make sure that your hearing is filed on time and that you are either at your hearing, or your hearing is rescheduled.