New Haven, Connecticut ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in New Haven, Connecticut, 6 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in New Haven, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in New Haven is 523 days.The New Haven average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 43%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the New Haven ODAR office was last updated on 9/7/2016.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
New Haven 6 16.0 months 523 days 1.6 18% 43% 39%
Connecticut16.8 months525 days1.818%39%43%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 1.61
Average Processing Time 523 days
Cases Pending 3335
Dispositions 2142
New Cases 2170
Hearings In Person 99%
Video Hearings 1%
LIST OF JUDGES / 18
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Eskunder Boyd 17%47%36%
Judge Robert A DiBiccaro 15%48%37%
Judge I. K Harrington 21%44%34%
Judge Deirdre R Horton 16%41%43%
Judge Matthew Kuperstein 21%45%34%
Judge Ronald J Thomas 20%32%47%

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Rafael Ramirez
Judge: Ronald J Thomas
12/1/2016 8:51:53 PM



I had my hearing on Nov 21 2016 . after waiting 3 years and 4 months.The honable judge was business like but courtesous and polite.Asked questions that were I guess reason able. Hope I hear something soon.lost my home and wife with this social security process. God bless him.

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Judge: Matthew Kuperstein
10/24/2016 11:46:39 AM



Doesn't appear to be particularly bright and certainly does not understand the medicine well enough to evaluate orthopedic spinal injuries. Sadly, doesn't know what he doesn't know.

4 star
Judge: Eskunder Boyd
10/13/2016 10:35:58 AM



Dear judge Eskunder Boyd what do you consider disable I had the pleasure to have met you a humble man as yourself. Me myself still have a lot of struggling going on in my life due to two different illness that have come upon me one having stage three breast cancer,two congested heart failure that require me to take medication for the rest of my living life.if you could find it in your heart for reconsideration I would be very thankful for that on that note take good care of yourself


Judge: Eskunder Boyd
8/8/2016 5:18:36 AM



Checked my email. Took my time writting this letter for hours for hours due to my confusion coming from my disability, of his decison to deny to being disable. Now my letter of comments are not in my emails, neathir one. They were not out of line disrespect rude or down grating his expertise. I see in these individuals comments nothing but five stars explaing being rewarding disability benifits. Like I said earlier not down grading his expertis but because I did rate him one star, my comment was not aceptable which makes me think the official letter I wrote won't get to him eaither,I should be giving a fair chance.

Natashalynn Taylor
Judge: Eskunder Boyd
8/8/2016 4:51:23 AM



Hi first let me just say this is the second time I'm writing a comment, on July 1st 2006 I was granted a hearing due to being a dire needs case. In the hearing I was asked numerous questions about concerning my disability, and I answerd them to the best of my ability, while there I was very anxious and jumpy being apart of my disability also I was holding my chest trying not to have a panic attack as I was diagnosed anxiety and panic attack disorder. Also because of my chronic physical pain I stood up a lot, my disability was baisted on my mental illness. The whole time there I felt this judge didn't feel any kind of sympathy, when asked about my child hood I was trying to hold back my tears, and because of what I insured as a child I suffer from PTSD, which causes me night terrors during sleeping hours. My mental illness is so misunderstood simply because its hard to diagnose, I really feel at heart maised majorty of African Americans don't believe its a disability, as to Caucasian people do. When I was diagnosed I was evaluated several times, as to have the disability. I to didn't believe it but as an adult I would acted in ways to of this mental illness one of my aunts came to me and said I might be Bipolar,now I had already been diagnosed to suffering from this illness but because of dinial I still couldn't believe it. So I goglled bipolar signs and symptoms and I couldn't believe as to what I was reading, it was totally me. The next session with my pyhchaitrist she stated I needed to be on on medication to stabalize my moods as well as a medication for my anxiety and panic attacks. I tottaly aggrieved. Now why I could understand why my moods was so up and down, why I was always frustraided,confused, aggravated, agaited and so many other things that go along with my disability. I graduated from high school but it was a struggled, I attended college also struggling. I held many jobs throughout my life but gotten fired from most of them due to my disability. I am now thirty five haven't worked in three years because of my mental illness my condition had worsend, and I started slowly started to lose my independace I'm constantly crying because I can't get my mind in order. And mention again my physical chronic pain that was diagnosed way after my mental illness theres always a war going on inside my head each and everyday. My condition kept getting worse and worse, I complete loss my independace so two years ago filled for Social security benefits, and at that i was denied bot times so my lawyer appeled it. I am currently homeless I have no money nothing of my own anymore, can't hold down no jobs my life is completely ruined, I started having sychosis epiosed hearing and seeing things that werent really a reallty, was put on medication for that. I once lived a normal life to my life being a living hell all because I'm disable, now most people with this disability can live a productive life, and some can't I'm one of them. I have so much things I wanna say to this jugde that I couldnt say due to my anxiety, and I'm so frustrated confused and lost and not saying it. As I write this comment and my feelings I'm crying I've been extremely emotional, I've giving up on life my hope and faith or out the door. I feel fell very hopeless and worthless.like I mentioned earlier, on July1st of this year judge Exsdure danied me to social security benits. That's all I had in life to go on,and be some what productive. It took me twenty somthing minutes to open that letter because I had so much anxiety my cousin could literally see me shaking and chest puping through my shirt. When I finally opened it first thing I read was danied, I completly felt like I died inside.later after my head went blanked I tried to comment suised , all I heard was my cousin streaming that's when I came to she had a butcher knife in her hand and my wrist was bleeding, I said take me to the ER I need to go right now I feel like I'm losing my mind. When getting there they put me the observation clinic for 48 hours, I still felt suicidal, my memory is all over the place. Now that I'm out the hospital I took it upon myself to write this judge a letter of reconsideration, now I don't solely blame him but that was my only hope. Now I don't no the chain of comanments as to how he can get this letter, and I say letter because its more than a comment its my life. I'm not suicidal at this point but I don't know how what how I feel tomorrow next week or even months from now, is I'm hurting inside and suffering from my illness. If juged Excundar Boyd has a heart he would reconsider his decision. My lawyers are fighting for me because I can't do this alone anymore.

Natashalynn Taylor
Judge: Eskunder Boyd
8/8/2016 4:51:12 AM



Hi first let me just say this is the second time I'm writing a comment, on July 1st 2006 I was granted a hearing due to being a dire needs case. In the hearing I was asked numerous questions about concerning my disability, and I answerd them to the best of my ability, while there I was very anxious and jumpy being apart of my disability also I was holding my chest trying not to have a panic attack as I was diagnosed anxiety and panic attack disorder. Also because of my chronic physical pain I stood up a lot, my disability was baisted on my mental illness. The whole time there I felt this judge didn't feel any kind of sympathy, when asked about my child hood I was trying to hold back my tears, and because of what I insured as a child I suffer from PTSD, which causes me night terrors during sleeping hours. My mental illness is so misunderstood simply because its hard to diagnose, I really feel at heart maised majorty of African Americans don't believe its a disability, as to Caucasian people do. When I was diagnosed I was evaluated several times, as to have the disability. I to didn't believe it but as an adult I would acted in ways to of this mental illness one of my aunts came to me and said I might be Bipolar,now I had already been diagnosed to suffering from this illness but because of dinial I still couldn't believe it. So I goglled bipolar signs and symptoms and I couldn't believe as to what I was reading, it was totally me. The next session with my pyhchaitrist she stated I needed to be on on medication to stabalize my moods as well as a medication for my anxiety and panic attacks. I tottaly aggrieved. Now why I could understand why my moods was so up and down, why I was always frustraided,confused, aggravated, agaited and so many other things that go along with my disability. I graduated from high school but it was a struggled, I attended college also struggling. I held many jobs throughout my life but gotten fired from most of them due to my disability. I am now thirty five haven't worked in three years because of my mental illness my condition had worsend, and I started slowly started to lose my independace I'm constantly crying because I can't get my mind in order. And mention again my physical chronic pain that was diagnosed way after my mental illness theres always a war going on inside my head each and everyday. My condition kept getting worse and worse, I complete loss my independace so two years ago filled for Social security benefits, and at that i was denied bot times so my lawyer appeled it. I am currently homeless I have no money nothing of my own anymore, can't hold down no jobs my life is completely ruined, I started having sychosis epiosed hearing and seeing things that werent really a reallty, was put on medication for that. I once lived a normal life to my life being a living hell all because I'm disable, now most people with this disability can live a productive life, and some can't I'm one of them. I have so much things I wanna say to this jugde that I couldnt say due to my anxiety, and I'm so frustrated confused and lost and not saying it. As I write this comment and my feelings I'm crying I've been extremely emotional, I've giving up on life my hope and faith or out the door. I feel fell very hopeless and worthless.like I mentioned earlier, on July1st of this year judge Exsdure danied me to social security benits. That's all I had in life to go on,and be some what productive. It took me twenty somthing minutes to open that letter because I had so much anxiety my cousin could literally see me shaking and chest puping through my shirt. When I finally opened it first thing I read was danied, I completly felt like I died inside.later after my head went blanked I tried to comment suised , all I heard was my cousin streaming that's when I came to she had a butcher knife in her hand and my wrist was bleeding, I said take me to the ER I need to go right now I feel like I'm losing my mind. When getting there they put me the observation clinic for 48 hours, I still felt suicidal, my memory is all over the place. Now that I'm out the hospital I took it upon myself to write this judge a letter of reconsideration, now I don't solely blame him but that was my only hope. Now I don't no the chain of comanments as to how he can get this letter, and I say letter because its more than a comment its my life. I'm not suicidal at this point but I don't know how what how I feel tomorrow next week or even months from now, is I'm hurting inside and suffering from my illness. If juged Excundar Boyd has a heart he would reconsider his decision. My lawyers are fighting for me because I can't do this alone anymore.

Natashalynn Taylor
Judge: Eskunder Boyd
8/5/2016 12:07:13 PM



My to judge Eskunder Boyod administrative law judge, I've received my decision by you on 8\12016, I'm taking it upon myself to leave this commit as to why and how you made your decision. First off I highly feel you've made the wrong decision you made in your entire career as up holding your law degree, on 7\1\2016 my lawyer and myself meet with you for a hearing to determine my decision of disibility. You stated in your letter you throughly went over my your decision of how you you feel I'm not disable, and I carefully read everything you stated to my best ability. And in doing that you also implied numerous times of my past life way before I came disable, as to I carried out several jobs,spoke well and my current appearance, I don't live that life anymore you never implied my disabilities. As you know things can change and nothing remains the same, so I wanna state to you as I did in my hearing. I'm bipolar which is proving to be a mental illness, and because it's a disability I constantly suffer from on a day to day basis, in lieu to that I also suffer from PTSD which is I'm to references of why I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. You did not state any of this in making you decision and because of what I suffer my life has bcome a living hell for years. I'm up and down everyday, confused frustrated irretated emotional in destressed and depressed. When I held this jobs Ive gotten terminated from everyone due to these disorders, my PTSD alone has cause night terrors and insomnia to the brutal to the brutal beatings and molestation I've Indured as a child, which affects me as an adult. Not to mention my cronic physical pain, so just because I'm not skitsophric illeterate brain dead in a wheelchair or have a life thearting disease or what ever else you consider a disality does not mean I'm not disable. As I stated earlier my life is a living hell it's a constant battle I'm fighting in my head to overcome but the fact of the matter is there's no cure for my disability so there's no right to determine my disability. I lost all my independence I rely on medication for the rest of my life for stability, I'm currently homeless I've lived on the streets and my condition has not gotten better it has worsened due to my disibility, you also stated I have a diploma as well as attending college, but present I can't doing any kind of schooling what so ever.I'm forgetful confused spaced out and easily distracted. Resently I tried to take my life due to depression my depression and your depression is completely different because of being bipolar,if for once you think my I can carry out normal activities your abosulty wrong, there's not a job I can upload living this life I Iive. I've ruined relationships every thing I endure is abosulty due to my disabilities, so despite how well you think I put this letter together I'm not retarded I'm bipolar which is still a mental illness. So i'm asking you to put yourself in my shoes and find it in your heart to reconsider your decision. NatashaLynn Taylor. P.s this is the only hope I have left Thank you

Gloria
Judge: Yvette N Diamond
7/20/2016 2:58:42 PM



I had a video hearing in front of Judge Diamond 3 years ago. She treated myself and my rep with respect and was very fair. She asked questions about parts of my case that needed to be explained and about how my disability affected my life. These are obviously things she needs to do to make a fair decision. I answered all her questions truthfully without trying to think how it might affect her decision and I could tell she respected that. for example: sometimes I am able to do certain things (shopping with my husband helping me) but most of the time I can't. I am not completely bed bound and would never try to pretend that I was. She had already read my case before the hearing and knew what area's she wanted some extra info on. We even had a short conversation about our dogs, after questions from her about any pets and how or if I could care for them. All in all I can not understand any of the bad reviews she has received from people here .. all I can think is maybe they tried to pull the wool over her eyes as even though she was very nice it is clear she is no one's fool and knows her stuff. I was approved but even if I had not been, I could not have given her a bad review as I was treated well by this Judge while she was doing her job.

Robert Scott Philpott
Judge: Edward M Starr
3/23/2016 8:47:32 PM



Hay tell that Native American woman who's a Fort Smith Police officer Maddie to come see me.I'm not going to say anything about her being a cop but I'm not going to introduce her to anybody either....We kinda went out...

KF, Disability Attorney
Judge: Eileen Burlison
9/14/2015 3:53:15 PM



The notion that an ALJ who tells a claimant: "I follow the law" and "the law says you have to be so severely disabled that you cannot do any work" is somehow "rude" or unfair is beyond absurd. She is simply doing her job in educating the claimant about the legal standard ALJs must apply under SSA's regulations. As for the gripe that she discounted medication side effects or diagnoses. Well, gee, MOST Americans have some kind of chronic medical conditions (back pain, obesity, diabetes, depression, to name a few common ones) and take some kind of medication, most of which, yes, have side effects. It's pretty common for people to blame the judge (or attorneys) when their case merits are weak or an unfavorable decision is rendered. Happens all the time. Yes, ALJ Burlison is a bit set in her ways and likes to conduct her hearings with formality, in an orderly fashion, but I've never seen her display annoyance unless the claimant or attorney cut her off midsentence or had an argumentative attitude. That really ticks her off and, in my opinion, rightfully so.

Erick
Judge: Eileen Burlison
8/12/2015 12:54:10 PM



I went before this judge, and I was very respectful. But it was clear that she already had her mind made up in my case. It was clear that she did not read my file, and had no idea why I was before her. When I made mention of facts in my case she rudely stated "I follow the law" and "the law says you have to be so severely disabled that you cannot do any work" never mind that my medications side effects, or the fact that I have several medical diagnoses to support my claim. She is not a proper judge, and those that feel that I have sour grapes, or that my case was weak, I invite you to look at my file. I judge by facts not by feelings, like a judge should.

Chris Peterson
Judge: Ronald J Thomas
7/22/2015 6:17:46 PM



I found Judge Thomas to be fair-he wasn't cold at all, he ran a tight hearing, asked all the questions to the Vocational Expert with various hypothetical situations, listened to my and my lawyers hypothetical scenarios in response. I was confused as to why he asked if I went to the casino (??)and if I had a Facebook-but I guess maybe that was to see if I socialized at all. I was easily able to prove I almost never go out-the most recent outing I had was my son's high school graduation which was only possible because the school made some accommodations for me like a golf cart to bring me to the field and back, better parking etc. The VE agreed to no work possible on both our hypotheticals for my sleep disorder and no work possible on my back disorder on my lawyer's hypothetical which was based on past work write ups etc. Just doing the waiting game now.....

Janelle D.
Judge: Eskunder Boyd
7/16/2015 12:15:56 PM



I felt that Judge Boyd listened to me and I actually felt heard. He explained everything very thoroughly to me and was very compassionate towards my issues. I really feel he cares and did his job well. I really feel great about our interaction. He has a good heart and I believe he will help me get the benefits I deserve. Praise God for Judge Boyd!!!!!

Leanne Freeman
Judge: Edward M Starr
6/19/2015 6:09:46 AM



I am in dier means now and about to loose everything. IM at a lose of what to do now. I was denide countinuing of my diability that I received starting March of 2007. I lost it Sep. 2012. I was told I could get a job driving, even though I have no lower reflexs abd show a drivers record in 2009 showing a violation for following to close which is a common priblem with not having the reflexes to stop in time. Other than that, I realized in my medical records after the denial, it shows multiple doctors commenting on my case, saying things that were completely false, even though I had only seen one medical doctor when I was denied. That one medical doctor, to evaluate my MS, was an Orthopedic doctor who did not speak ENGLISH well. The entire visit is undependable. I could not understand him & he had could not understand me. To top it off, the x-ray machine was BROKEN & had to at least 30+ years old.


Judge: Eileen Burlison
6/18/2015 1:46:05 PM



I recently appeared before this judge for the first time on behalf of 3 clients. I found her to be very professional, well organized, and thorough in her questions and demeanor. Yes, she is a senior citizen and a bit formal in her demeanor, but not at all condescending or rude. I never felt that she was anything other than cordial and super respectful toward me or my clients. She was completely fair, objective, and gave me/my clients ample time to speak and present the case in detail. She even rendered a favorable bench decision in one of the cases and joked with me and my client afterwards, off the record. I don't know why others' comments here are so critical. Many of them sound like just personal cheap shots (slamming her age) or sour grapes from those with weak cases. Or perhaps they were rude to her first, unduly argumentative, interrupted her, or lacked respect for her experience or office. That's certainly not unusual to see in this day and age.

Racheal Farbrother
Judge: Yvette N Diamond
6/2/2015 8:36:37 PM



Judge diamond will confuse and manipulate the facts in order to deny you. She is rude and disrespectful. In my husbands case she twisted the facts and wrote the total opposite of what was said at the hearing. If I could give her a negative rating I would.


Judge: Ronald J Thomas
12/8/2014 9:32:35 AM



Don't understand the comment about Judge Thomas being colder to claimants and worse to reps. He ran a logically organized hearing, he allowed the claimant to add a final closing comment, he asked me about where I lived (firm I work for was not local). In short, he seemed to be one of the good ALJs, the kind I like to appear before. Business-like, courteous, rational. Definitely not cold.

Angel
Judge: Eskunder Boyd
12/2/2014 11:32:58 PM



To Whom it may concern: 2 Dec 2014 I had applied for SSDI (Disability) after my last pregnancy triggered a horrible Auto-Immune Disease called MCTD (Mixed Connective Tissue Disease) which is a dangerous combo of Lupus, RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), Fibromyalgia, Raynaud's Syndrome and Scleroderma. The Dz is also called "SHARP's Disease" & even the best of physicians have never heard of it unless He/She were a Rheumatologist. This point made my case extremely hard to discuss w medical professionals & even myself, as a Doctor of Pharmacy has never heard of MCTD or Sharp's! Again, I applied 3 separate times. Why? Well, at first I thought I could beat it and recover. I really didn't understand how sick I was until it began attacking my heart and other internal organs! We also had to move our family between the 1st & 2nd time I applied as my husband had to find a better-paying job in order to support us & that didn't even include paying for my medications which were $1500 per month and/or all the medical bills that I put on credit cards to save my husb from a nervous breakdown over money! I was very naive about SS and Disability. I could have saved us ALOT of stress had I just appealed the first rejection where we lived before! And believe me, it was really STRESSFUL! My husb would have lost his job if they (employer) found out @our financial issues. So we kept all that debt in only my name and we almost had to divorce even though we love our children & each other very much! We consulted a lawyer that suggested we separate, but we knew there had to be another way! From the time I was diagnosed until going before the Federal Court Judge Boyd was 7 LONG years. The last time I applied for SS, another attorney had told me that I had no chance bc it had been too long since I worked. He said it would depend on this "calculation" of numbers to determine if I was still "insured" as that is how it is thought of ... as "Workforce Insurance". So.. I just started the online app again and unbelievably I was within a few wks or a month! I think someone was looking out for me! It then took nearly a year to get a "Court Date" after I had secured a SS attorney. The judge was very animated & jolly which really helped me bc I had been in tears bc I took a HARD fall on ice behind the building & it was -10 F that day too! My hands were all cut up, my coat, an ivory one that our 9 yr old daughter had picked out for me to wear was now muddy and I was all wet! My husb calmed me down , thank goodness! We had.to enter right away and met w the attorney for only a short 5 min. He said the judge would ask odd questions but NO QUESTIONS ARE odd to me bc I am a pharmacist & ppl not only ASK odd things but they SHOW you things as well that should be kept private! Sorry to write so much! It's just I want the reader to understand the entire situation. I have to admit that I really had no hope for getting a fair case. Dr's do not like to "label" patients even if I am barely able to walk and honestly in need of a motorized chair. My legs are too weak & painful to go far & since my back has been "under attack" by lupus or RA I cannot walk more than ~50 feet & my back begins to go out & I fall unless there is a car or a post, anything to grab onto! It's extremely frightening for me and the kids! So I gave in & got a walker. Anyhow, Judge Boyd was so wonderful, so caring, compassionate & I could tell that he was empathetic, which not many ppl are! Perhaps he could just see how ill I am or the questions were the right ones for me?? Idk but I DO know that he SAVED OUR FAMILY w his decision that cold Winter day! And even though this Dz has all but ruined my life, I still pray for remission even though I've only had 1 in 10+ years and it only lasted 4 to 5 mos! I'm grateful for EVERYTHING still bc my children could be without a mother! Or if one of my kids were sick ... I couldn't handle that, to see them suffering horribly in pain and no amt of meds help me or even dull the pain. I know I probably won't live very long (the heart dr all but told me that) but I just pray I can get our children to where they are ok w me being "at peace..., out of pain"! As for "Quality of life"??? I have NONE.. But I do NOT let the kids see this. My husb knows of course. My heart breaks when I think about missing their college yrs, missing my kids weddings, and of course having children of their own, and what will my husband DO without me???! I bring him back down to earth and he makes me keep going, being TOUGH and trying to not let myself get to feeling too sorry for myself! So... this judge saved our family! I don't know how we could've gotten thru this without his ruling. I didn't even know how it worked, backpay & all that bc I figured on losing the case but honestly, .. He changed our lives & our children's too bc now that we have csome money like 'normal' working families! He is in my prayers everyday!


Judge: Eskunder Boyd
10/24/2014 1:27:55 PM



I am not sure how a person is to get a fair hearing when the doctors he is seeing at the Fargo VA won't get legally involved. I believe mr Boyd should have questioned this at the start. He had several mistakes in my hearing that shouldn't be allowed in a courtroom. An eighty pound weight gain is not "slight". T.M.J. can cause hearing loss. Ulcerative colitis is a very disabling disease process. U.C., arthritis are diseases of the immune system. He also erred writing that I could work lite jobs recommended by vocational expert. The expert online at hearing stated no one would allow unconditional bathroom breaks. A long time to get to court. Judge makes mistakes. Another year to appeal. This court is broken.


Judge: Deirdre R Horton
8/20/2014 11:48:01 AM



Outstanding judge!


Judge: Eskunder Boyd
5/28/2014 4:37:18 PM



Judge Boyd was by far the first Social Security employee that I have run across who showed compassion, showed me respect, explained things well, and set a nice friendly relaxed atmosphere from the start. I have not yet received my determination, but at least this time I felt someone from SS listened and wasn't full of themselves. Judge Boyd is an asset, 5 stars!


Judge: Eileen Burlison
4/25/2014 11:32:19 AM



I found so many complaint against this judge that it is apparent that she is incapable of making sound decision. She disregards legitimate proof of disability from doctors and refuses to grant Veterans their rightfully earned SSDI. Shame on her!


Judge: Yvette N Diamond
2/24/2014 5:18:25 PM



Judge Diamond is thorough and methodical. You can tell by the questions she asks that this judge reviews everything prior to the hearing. She gives the claimant an opportunity to comment when there are differences between the testimony and the written record but makes it clear that she expects them to be truthful. She is soft spoken but tough and fair. Judge Diamond expects reps to be prepared and does not like when they repeat what has already been covered.


Judge: Edward M Starr
2/23/2014 8:23:25 PM



I think judge Starr was very unfair, my husband is deathly ill, he worked 38 years and paid into social security but will probably die before he receives benefits. This is the way people that work all of their lives are treated? We'll thanks alot. I have seen people that are healthier than my husband prob healthier than me receive benefits, I guess judge Starr feels that because my husband went to work sick or not for 38 years that he doesn't deserve what he paid into social security benefits. He can't work anymore and deserves his benefits before he dies, it's so sad to watch him deteriorate and nothing that I can do to help him. Thanks judge Starr for nothing


Judge: Yvette N Diamond
2/20/2014 9:28:44 AM



She is down right abusive verbally. She is not a doctor and despite 4 doctors testimony denied my case. I had 2 IMEs that said I couldn't work and she chose to disregard them. How does she get away with this. She needs to get knocked off her high horse and get a job as a botton counter. She has no business being a judge because she thinks everyone is lying. She should be held accountable for her actions and the many lives she has ruined.


Judge: Eileen Burlison
2/19/2014 6:32:03 AM



She certainly appeared old - I have no idea whether she is or not. She certainly understands how living in rural nevada can be cathartic - and sometimes better than professional counseling or psychotic drugs. I think she wants to gather all appropriate information and is not afraid to take the time to do so. again whether she is fair in her rulings is not something that I can evaluate - I liked the one she gave me.

sharon
Judge: Eskunder Boyd
2/12/2014 10:27:56 PM



I was very impressed with Judge Boyd. He was very professional, compassionate to the vunerabilities needing to be discussed and explained the hearing process well. I feel blessed that he was assigned to my case. Communication was very clear and I left my hearing "feeling heard" for one of the first times in almost two years. Definitely a five star Judge!

zero stars
Judge: Yvette N Diamond
1/7/2014 2:23:15 PM



this judge is rude, disrespectful,& interruptive. it is obvious she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, she will manipulate the truth and does not have the skills or mindset to be a judge... she is 180 degrees of the defination of a judge. i am sure she has ruined the lives of many deserving honest people


Judge: Lisa Groeneveld-Meijer
12/11/2013 3:50:39 PM



Although i don't have a disposition yet I was pleasently surprised by the judge. She asked very specific and probing questions which proved to me and my attorney she obviously read my file. This process is stressful and frustrating so i am grateful i had a judge who made the effort to speak with me, ask questions and put a face to my file.

Regina
Judge: Edward M Starr
11/6/2013 9:23:33 PM



This judge was very fair. He listened to everything my attorney, as well as I had to say. I have a rate illness that cause me to have many secondary illnesses secondary that primary illness. He asked many questions. He read my file before the hearing, and had many questions for me. He was very timely, and fair. He even apologized for the amount of time I had waited on a hearing (right at a year), and he knew it was hard to attend the heating. He would make the hearing as brief as he could. Went nicely, and he is a very caring professional man. And when I received my approval I was pleased to see my real diagnosis on there even as rare as it is.

LD Rhino
Judge: Matthew Kuperstein
10/3/2013 7:49:00 AM



I had the opportunity to present my case to Judge Kuperstein and could not have been more pleased. There will be some time before he renders a judgment, since one of the most recent doctors did not submit his notes yet and I wasn't as organized as I thought I was. Judge Kuperstein seemed to honestly listen to my answers and I felt that he was compassionate. As we were finishing up, he took an extra minute to explain that he is bound by the letter of the law regarding sedentary work options, despite the fact that those jobs might not be currently available. My gut is telling me I will be denied again, but I sincerely believe that the Judge gave me a chance to put my facts forward on open ears. I can't bring myself to act like a whiney b-ch and cry the blues or play up my pains because I have too much respect for myself and the court. I'm sure Judge Kuperstein can see right through the acts, too. I'm looking forward to the outcome and can only hope that Judge Kuperstein completely understands why I can't work, even in a sedentary position.

Been doing this 14 years.
Judge: Ryan A Alger
6/12/2013 6:05:57 PM



Judge Alger is a very nice and respectful judge. He has always treated my clients with the utmost respect and care.


Judge: Deirdre R Horton
5/21/2013 8:11:26 AM



Deirdre Horton decided that I am not disabled. I suffered a traumatic brain injury in April of 2011, had my first seizure when I returned to work in August 2011, and have been having seizures periodically ever since. I am suffering from "major depression" according to my therapist. The judge decided that I am not disabled.


Judge: Eileen Burlison
4/11/2013 12:23:18 PM



This judge is so old I question her ability to make sound decisions! She is very hard of hearing and I believe out of touch with people and their plights.Very Rude to people just the way she speaks to them like she is superior.


Judge: Ronald S Robins
4/7/2013 10:36:46 AM



judge Robins, thank you again, I know your desision could have gone either way, but when I left your court room, I felt you listened. I knew either way it went , if I seen you again I would shake your hand an thank you .Your desision made such a impact on mylife , it gave me a chance to try to get close to what I lost because of my disability. I just wanted to tell you that A friend !!!!!! TM.


Judge: Eileen Burlison
3/23/2013 10:23:25 AM



She definitely thinks the world revolves around her just because she is a Judge. She announces that she sits on the bench and we should all bow down to her because that makes her extremely special and no one else in the world is as important as her.


Judge: Ronald S Robins
2/13/2013 1:45:46 PM



Its been awhile since I heard back from his office, look forward to his decision in my case. I must say he returned the same respect I gave him, but didn't have a medical expert or a vocational expert at my hearing? How can I defend my position if I cannot cross examine the states withnesses. Otherwise he listened and made total since when answering my questions.


Judge: Matthew Kuperstein
2/4/2013 5:38:59 AM



Just got my denial notice. I coughed intensely from my asthma throughout the entire hearing. I have such trouble breathing on an everyday basis. This judge's perspective is erroneous at best. He is a symptom of what's wrong with CT State government. How can I work when I can't even breathe without talking???


Judge: Ronald J Thomas
1/24/2013 2:37:28 PM



cold to claimants; worse to attorneys


Judge: Lisa Groeneveld-Meijer
1/3/2013 8:51:12 PM



Judge Lisa is wonderful as She askes questions and listens and reviews the medical evidence.She does her job very well indeed.


Judge: Matthew Kuperstein
11/29/2012 1:22:01 PM



ALJ Kupertein is very pleasant off the bench, but on the bench he's ruthless. He has made numerous claimants cry and focuses on minutia to the determent of the claimant.


Judge: Deirdre R Horton
9/22/2012 5:19:09 AM



This other post is very unfortunate as Judge Horton is a compassionate, decent, and above all else fair Judge. She is fair because she listens carefully and considers all evidence-- all evidence. People are VERY lucky if she is their Judge.

John B. Romero
Judge: Deirdre R Horton
9/21/2012 9:19:55 PM



This judge is incompetent. She does not review the facts. She commented on my ability to speak English. I was born and raised in Connecticut, but my Hispanic heritage was something she could not look past. She found me 100% disabled, and acknowledge I was disabled from the injuries I sustained, but determined that somehow, during all the spinal surgeries I had, I should have been able to work. I am 100% disabled from the injuries I sustained, not argument from her. I was not disabled when I got injured she contends. Not disabled during the years it took me to recover from the constructive spinal cord surgery. 5 fused discs, 5 inoperable ruptured ones. I tried to work, as Social Security said if I could not, they would put me back on Social Security. They lied. The judge used the fact that I tried, under a Social Security program, against me, and I have been denied benefits that are mine. This Judge is racist, incompetent, and should be removed from the bench. She is a disgrace to the judicial system in this country. She has absolutely no understanding of what people will do to try and work, and will use any attempt by you to struggle, as an indication that you are not disabled. She is representative of everything wrong in the judicial system in this country and hides in her cubicle passing out judgements that are unfair, hidden from public. I would like to see an ethnic breakdown of her rulings. She has caused much harm to my family and dismayed my my doctors, the best Spinal Cord surgeon in this state cannot understand how this person/judge could be so out of touch. She used her medical knowledge as fact, overriding what every doctor I went to said, that I was, and have been disabled, 100% since I tried to enroll back in Social Security. If you are on Social Security, never ever try to work again. They will use it against you and steal what is rightfully yours. I challenge her to answer these charges. I did not have the $70,000 dollars more needed to take the lawsuit to the next level, so now I am disenfranchised because of a racist, incompetent Judge, who uses her own opinion, not based on the evidence presented to her, but on her racist agenda. I will never forget the phrase,"You speak English very well Mr. Romero." I also speak German, she did not ask me about that. When I asked her what my ability to speak English "very well" had to do with anything, she refused to answer.


Judge: Roy P Liberman
8/16/2012 1:41:02 PM



Buenisimo. Es un juez muy habile, dedicado y trabajador quien toma mucho cuidado con todas sus decisiones. Trata cada persona con respeto y como individuo, a pesar del volumen de sus casos. Representa lo mejor de su profession y es un ejemplo de un empleado del gobierno de primera categoria, que realmente sirve al pueblo y al pais con bondad y sabiduria.


Judge: Eileen Burlison
8/15/2012 10:32:26 AM



I agree with all afore mentioned opinions.What is this woman doing in such an important position?? My "unfavorable" decision was not only insulting, but accused me of being immoral and accused me of illegal dealings that were assumed and if she had asked me I could have explained to her satisfaction. I have worked since I was 15 and now because of a crippling disease at 45, I can no longer work. I am not a liar! Because of the decision this Judge, who is suppose to be fair and making decisions in our best interest, I am being evicted from my apartment and cannot feed my 8 year old son. I have nowhere to go. What do I do now?

KD Fritz
Judge: Ronald S Robins
8/4/2012 2:48:48 AM



I will have to say, Judge Robins really made me feel at ease. I went in to do one thing, tell the complete truth, obviously, as to my condition and why I am unable to work. I do not know the outcome at this point, but whatever it is, I fully believe that Judge Robins will make the best decision for me. I consider myself a very stoic person; however, when I had to explain the difficulty I had coming to grips with leaving my career behind, I tried extremely hard to not sound as though I was about to bawl! Just not being able to do what I loved to do for 22 years of my life. I hope that who ever reads this understands that these administrative law judges really do make decisions on what your best interest may be. We just might not be able to see it at the time.


Judge: Eileen Burlison
6/18/2012 4:32:13 PM



Poor professional. Probably makes up her mind before the hearing, and then attempts to fit the hearing into what she has already decided. Has a history of hiding her unfavorable presumptions rather than to disclose them, so that the party cannot argue against them during the hearing.


Judge: Eileen Burlison
5/21/2012 12:08:58 PM



Mean, nasty, rude, unfair, i give her no rating of stars.


Judge: Eileen Burlison
5/20/2012 3:11:04 PM



I Want to truly believe that these Judges have our best interests in mind and want to see the honestly disabled to be taken care of in the proper manner and not be judged a liar because of those who take advantage of a system that is here to help us. My lawyer on the other hand, also has about as much medical background as the Judge. And, what a putz. Judge Burlison, please READ the records and if questions arise, you might find that the disabled party has studied all the records and would be happy to very quickly go over those records with you so that they make sense. Lawyers - You might want to spend more than 5 minutes with your client.


Judge: Eileen Burlison
5/18/2012 9:06:00 AM



mean


Judge: Robert Droker
3/20/2012 10:26:09 AM



I would not consider this ALJ to be an average judge who pays claims that are supported by the record and denies ones that are not. He is an ALJ who routinely mischaracterizes and distorts testimony and treating source opinions.