Nhc Chicago, Illinois ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Nhc Chicago, Illinois, 16 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Nhc Chicago, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 20.0 months. The average case processing time in Nhc Chicago is 538 days.The Nhc Chicago average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 25%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Nhc Chicago 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
Nhc Chicago 16 20.0 months 538 days 0.0 34% 25% 41%
Illinois17.2 months543 days1.521%41%38%
National Average:16.8 months525 days1.920%44%36%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 20.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ
Average Processing Time 538 days
Cases Pending 4833
Dispositions 5600
New Cases 6189
Hearings In Person 1%
Video Hearings 99%

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Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
12/5/2016 4:21:52 PM



Well, the FACE of EVIL keeps haunting me with her ILLITERATE denial of my disability. Judge Anne (The Face of Evil) Sharrard when she denied me my disability on a fictitious account of my medical history , she in turn stole over 100,000 dollars in back pay which I could have used to get my debts in order and have some ability to function mentally in what has become a nightmare of a life both mentally, physically and financially. Today, Dec 5th 2016 I have received garnishment papers from the courts regarding a judgement that was rendered against me in 2014. A direct result of being penniless thanks to this corrupt judge who believes she is above the Law and with no one holding her accountable for her decisions I can see why. I now have to go to a hearing which is just another way of stressing me to the point of taking even more days, months or years away from my life that she has already destroyed. I have to come to grips with the fact that these judges, especially her, are extremely corrupt and with no one watching or caring whether their decisions are fair and impartial or not I am not holding my breathe for justice in my case. I do however hope and pray that this judge suffers a stroke, heart attack or that cancer invades every single cell in her body. I pray for these things because no one wants to give me the proper justice I deserve and I feel if she has to suffer as much as I have had to at least some of my stress and frustration can be relieved. I will finish by saying in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined that this system of justice would be this seedy and corrupt. How did this happen? Has it always been this way? someone please help me to understand how someone in my condition is left to rot. I just now was granted SSI 3 months ago and believe me when I say this that SSI is nothing more then a death sentence. The money is very little(733.00) a month and you are only allowed to earn an additional 65 dollars a month without affecting your monthly you receive. You are not allowed to have more then 2000 dollars in total assets and they watch every single dime that you come up with. You find a Quarter on the street they want to know about it. This was the only way I had left to try and survive until I decide I have had enough and take my life. I am about at that point now and have been for years. I stick around hoping for justice as my life is a little more then existing. This judge should be held accountable for refusing to turn over any and all information she used to make her decision and for her decision itself. Why has she not been questioned? Why is she still allowed to hear cases? Please help me to understand ?

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
11/24/2016 10:38:39 PM



This Thanksgiving was just another day to me. When you have your entire future ripped apart by a corrupt judge like Anne Sharrard finding anything to be thankful for or the money to afford the food to fix is extremely hard. My hatred for this women is very very strong and my frustration with this system keeps me from being able to function even though it has been over 8 years since the date of my disability. I see a psyche therapist and have for going on 5 years along with a Psychiatrist who both have tried to convince me to let this go but they don't understand what it is like to have 100,000 dollars in back pay along with your hopes and dreams destroyed by someone who makes more in bribes then what SSi allows me to have in a year. Not to mention the 165,000+ she takes from the tax payers in the form of salary. Justice is all I ever wanted but as of right now I can't even get this Judge to turn over the documents that she used to make her decision. If I was in a position of Authority and someone working for me did not want to turn over information that they used to make a decision then I would have to assume that she was hiding something. That and the fact I have read her denial report over and over again and 95% or her report is nothing more then made up fiction used to deny me. That is what anyone who goes before this judge had better prepare for.

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
11/8/2016 4:46:58 PM



I voted today to hopefully keep a Criminal out of the White House . That was a right that every American is given and I was proud for that opportunity. I am hoping that keeping crooked Hillary out of the White House helps trickle down to the Social Security System and Judges Like Anne Sharrard will be given there walking papers for the illegal ways that she has spent taking bribes and screwing people over. like myself. by not going over any of the facts of my medical records but instead Fabricating medical fiction to further her agenda for denial. She is the face of Corruption in the Social Security system and the facts speak for themselves. The most telling sign is that 95% of what is in her denial report is fabricated and she still refuses to turn over any and all reports she used to make her decision. I believe these last 2 statements speak volumes about the THIEF OF A JUDGE who not only destroyed my dreams of a life and future but screwed me out of now over 100, 000 in back pay. Doing this while she steals taxpayers money to the tune of 163,000 dollars plus a year not counting the secret handshakes and bribes that pad her pocket throughout the year


Judge: Theodore W Grippo
10/27/2016 12:40:13 AM



He is as bad as the others on here say, he should be fired or tried for charges. I had him for an ALJ in 2015, I'm still waiting in late 2016 for the Appeals Council to hopefully reverse this vile man's discretion. Like other people have said on here his typical mode of operation is to gave little weight to your several years doctor and all of the doc's supporting imaging and tests. Just like above, He ignored the VE saying there was no jobs I could do. He gave me an RFC of "less than light work" yet said I could do fastfood or clerking. My doc gave me an RFC of "not capable of any job" because of a laundry list of serious back problems in all 3 areas of my back, pinched nerves, DDD, broken vertebrates ect., Grippo ignored that. This vile man denies people who clearly can't work anymore, doesn't care and laughs it off. There needs to be a petition to remove this heartless thug from his job.

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
10/11/2016 10:58:36 PM



When a judge doesn't look at any of the facts in my case and medical history but instead fabricates 95% or more of what is in her denial report there is something Major wrong with this system of justice. Thanks to her my entire work history is wiped out like it never existed and I am now , as Ms. Allen of Social Security put it, the Lowest of the Low and from now on I don't matter. I am not allowed to ever have hope for a brighter future and the SSI I am not getting is barely over 100 dollars a week. I am not allowed to have assets over 2000 dollars and every single bit of income over the 488.67 a month has to be reported. Even if I find a quarter in the grass or a parking lot they want to know about it. What they don't seem to care is that the only reason I am forced to survive on SSI is because of a corrupt judge who is payed over 160000 dollars a year to screw you and everyone who comes before her. I got proof that she screwed me an no one in this corrupt system wants to listen. She still refuses to turn over any and all information she used to make here decision and why is that? That should be obvious to the most simple minded of Government officials but they turn there backs and look the other way. Chicago, the corruption capital of the United States, is a perfect place for this judge to perform her practice of fabrication. She distorts the facts and only looks at ways to deny you. If you are a breathing human with at least one limb that you can move you are in serious trouble. My mental state is not where I want it to be and probably will never be thanks to this LYIN Judge. It is kind of funny that when you are on the witness stand you raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth and if you are caught lying you have perjured yourself and are subject to jail time but if a Judge lies in her report, thus denying you your rights, it is considered business as usual. I have a serious problem with that and so should anyone that believes that honesty and fairness should reign supreme in our judicial system no matter what.


Judge: David Skidmore
10/7/2016 10:00:22 AM



It's been 7 months since I had my hearing and still no decision....I suffer from hydranitis and has have several surgeries in the past 3 years....he has agreed that I can't work and even the occupational experts agreed as well...but yet my case is still in post review and just today I've gotten an eviction notice because now I can't pay my rent because all my savings are gone....what gives these ppl deny us of money we put into the system in case we become disabled and when we do they drag on decision makings and are paid by us because they are public servants....this judge sucks

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
9/30/2016 11:21:47 PM



I have some tips for anyone having the misfortune of meeting the face of Evil. First you have to know if you have the ability to breathe she will assume that there is nothing wrong with you. If you have the ability to form words you will be considered 100% and she most likely will consider finishing up the hearing in record time. This Judge is in a word a Disgrace to the word Judge and to call her a Judge is basically doing a dis-service to the 2 or 3 disability Judges in this Country who are not Liars and can be easily bought and paid for. I will say , in her defense if you are born without the ability to feel anything and you are born without a heart that can hamper anyone's ability to properly handle what the job of a disability judge in tails. Imagine going for a check-up to the Dr and the Dr checking your heart and there is not a beat but yet the person is still a living soul. that is what her physician has to deal with every time she shows up. I feel for him or he as much as I do anyone that has the misfortune of coming before THE FACE OF EVIL. My Lawyer Steve Mazzie was a halfwit who shows up 8 moths behind on my medical records and then him and her decide to hide the records that were used to determine my future. Should be illegal but in the corrupt system of justice we live in it is business as usual. I have written before regarding over payments by social security. I have written the wrong figure down of what these Social Security Disability Judges have allowed to be paid out fraudulently The figure, in an article written by Steven OHlemacher of the associated press, was put at 17 billion dollars of which only 8.1 billion had been recovered. The article was a 10 year study by the Social Security administration' INSPECTOR GENERAL and was written June 6th 2015. In the article people were being paid who earned too much money to qualify, Payments went to people who were dead and were in prison to name just a few. But someone who can't work has 3 reconstructed limbs who still give me problems, suffers from severe depression and suicidal thoughts and severe arthritis. I was declared healthy by this poorest excuse for a judge imaginable. I hope she can find someone to decipher what I have written or better yet maybe someone can right a wrong and deny her any more chances to destroy lives. I can only pray but with these judges so corrupt and governed by the appeals council who probably is just as corrupt if not more. I doubt if this will ever happen

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
9/8/2016 7:17:15 PM



Between Therapy, Doctors appointments, Hospital stays I have had over 600 medical related appointments since August of 2012. This deranged Judge with no medical degree decided that there was nothing wrong with me. I have had 2 knee replacements, a total reconstruction of my right shoulder and my left shoulder scoped. This being said if you read this lunatics denial report you would be amazed how useless her words are when it comes to being thorough. I will have to admit I had a useless waste of breathe Lawyer who showed up at my disability hearing 8 months behind on my medical records. THIS Lawyer(STEVE MAZZIE) of Young, Riverman and Mazzie was so ignorant when I showed up at the hearing ,barely able to walk ,having just had a right knee replacement, The first words out of his mouth when he was letting me know how the hearing would be run was and I quote,"You haven't been to the Doctor since January and the hearing took place the end of August and my knee was replaced less then 3 or 4 weeks before the hearing took place. The one thing I have come to realize is just how corrupt the system is and how judges have no problem taking kick backs to adjust there decision. Destroying my life along with stealing 60-80,000 in back pay and the last 8 years plus of my life doesn't begin to explain what this judge has done. My absolute hatred for this women will last until I take my life in the near future. The fact that she refused to turn over the information she used to make such an stupid decision speaks volumes about her character and the way she lives her life. To me the fact that she is allowed to abuse people the way she does is proof that GOD does make mistakes and she was one of his worst. I know I will never get justice because she is protected by an extremely corrupt system that welcomes abuse and doesn't care whether these halfwit judges make the right decision just that they get their paperwork in within a reasonable time frame. In rating this Judge their isn't a Low enough rating listed. Giving her one star is way, way to generous to give any thief. Maybe in another life she will pay for her crimes but in this one no one seems to give a crap just how dishonest she is and whether she gives everyone that comes before her a chance.

Anonymous
Judge: George Gaffaney
8/3/2016 8:47:05 PM



I recently had a video hearing with this judge and after reading the reviews I was absolutely terrified. I was pleasantly surprised by him he wasn't rude he allowed me to speak and my attorney. He wasn't overly friendly he was just simply about getting the facts and doing his job. At this point I don't know if I have been approved or denied but I can say he heard my attorney and myself out and I do feel like he was fair in that.

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
7/18/2016 10:43:56 AM



I have written several times before trying to explain my story and what I have been through and to warn anyone going before this Judge. I have explained that she will Lie to Deny and fails to review the evidence in order to give any and all people with disabilities a chance. She is Heartless, unfeeling and just a Liar as I have said before. She doesn't have the confidence in her decision against me to face me and explain why I was denied because she knows she would not have a leg to stand on and would be at a loss to explain most of her report or why she never released the information used to make her decision. Instead she would rather steal tax payers money and refuse to give people that come before her a fair and impartial hearing. She is a huge part of what is wrong with the System. She will have to answer on Judgement day for her actions but that doesn't help me or anyone that has the misfortune of being railroaded by this Judge when all we wanted was fairness.

Nobody
Judge: Sylke Merchan
7/2/2016 6:53:04 PM



Heavily biased against the mentally ill. Cherry-picks statements from doctors to support her own conclusions while completely ignoring the opinions of other treatment professionals. Focuses on minor issues such as grooming (she puts a *lot* of stock in appearance) and uses them to make completely unfounded allegations of malingering. If you haven't had the money to obtain tests or get treatment for a problem, she'll use it against you. Takes your own words out of context, twists them around, and makes it appear as if you said something you didn't. Dismisses evidence when it's inconvenient. This sorry excuse for a human being has her mind made up in advance and if it's set against you, you're screwed. I would give her no stars if possible. Thanks, Judge, for calling me a liar, relying entirely on what that fool of a doctor said, ignoring the views of the person who sees me every week (if you'd read her notes you'd know I'm really not that well-groomed), contradicting yourself, saying I refuse to take one class medication I actually take (could've just checked the list I gave you) and failing to notice that I had to tell Dr. Useless THREE TIMES that I COULDN'T take another class because the side effects are too severe. I don't have the energy to go to the appeals council. I'm done.


Judge: Paul R Armstrong
6/26/2016 10:42:23 AM



Don't be fooled by this judge's pleasant demeanor. He's no-nonsense, but will treat you nicely. But. This is a judge who believes that most people who are disabled are trying to game the system and just want a way to take an early retirement. If you have lived a decent, law-abiding, hard-working, middle-class life, getting disability is no fun pay day. You aren't getting to live high on the hog. It allows you to eat. That's pretty much it. If he bothered looking at the whole person, what kind of life they led, the kind of work they did, what is preventing them from doing so now, he'd see that most people aren't just burger flippers or factory workers on their feet whose vague claims of back pain seek to get them out of a hard-working, low pay existence. Many of us loved our jobs and never wanted to stop. We were paid well and led middle-class lives. We would not seek disability unless our pain and conditions made working unbearable. If you are being treated by doctors and specialists, and are on heavy pain meds; have given up your good life and existed in relative poverty, waiting to be awarded a pittance so you can now just put enough food on your table, this judge, like a certain percentage, should, take this into account, but don't. Compassion is left at the door. It should not be the overwhelming criteria that decides cases, but a modicum of human decency, when recognized, can help make a difference if he and others of his bent would actually see the person sitting before them. We are not numbers, to be caught up in judges trying to redress a balance of leniency. But that is how we're viewed. And then they go home and sleep, impervious to people who really can't work, who then become homeless. Who must rely on friends and family to eat. If you are unlucky enough to get a conservative judge, whose only focus is to comply with the push to curb what they see as runaway disability approvals, your case will fall victim to a numbers game. Judges like Paul Armstrong will likely only approve cases that are most likely terminal, or something incredibly catastrophic, like paralysis from a stroke. Otherwise, you are looking at a flat, outright denial. My disability lawyer sighed and apologized when discovering who my judge was. He tried to keep a glimmer of hope alive by telling me to keep positive, maybe I'd be part of the miniscule approval. But we both knew what the odds were. If you are unfortunate enough to recieve this judge, I'm really sorry. Your case will not be judged fairly. Period.

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
6/2/2016 8:45:16 AM



First of all if there was a incompetent star that I could check I would be checking that for sure. This judge is not thorough as some would have you believe . If she would she would have not felt sorry for me because of WC fighting against me when they were on board with everything that I was going through. It was UTS(Universal Transportation Systems ) That were fighting tooth and nail to deny my treatment. Going as far to Lying to WC about me turning down light duty to WC when they had never offered me light duty. My Lawyer( David Pflanz) told me at a settlement hearing at the Attorney Generals office that UTS WANTED ME TO PEACEFULLY RESIGN even after the way they treated me horrible after my injuries I suffered. Injuries I still suffer from today 8 years later. None of this was even mentioned in the Judges report. She doesn't even have the original Dr I was sent to by UTS who mis-diagnosed my injury.


Judge: Henry Kramzyk
5/10/2016 9:03:24 PM



Waited nearly 6 months after my hearing for an unfavorable decision, I feel sorry for whomever has the unfortunate luck of dealing with this ALJ. If one thing is out of line in your case, it will be scrutinized to the fullest extent! 25% club is right, odds are against you if you are seeking a positive outcome, definitely avoid if at all possible!

michael bell
Judge: Denise M Martin
4/24/2016 11:54:10 AM



Just wanted to thank u for being so understanding when u made your decision on my case.im in tears of joy thank u so much Mrs.Martin

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
4/14/2016 5:11:31 PM



First of all I am appalled that the Legal system does not check the aptitude of these Judges since they are after all playing God with disabled individuals lives. But after realizing just how inept the appeals council is I understand why this particular judge still is allowed to be as useless as she is and still be able to keep her job. I have written the appeals council no less then 4 times in the past year along with countless phone calls and have received no response. That in itself tells me that this is one Government office that should be shut down immediately because all they do there is steal money from tax payers. I have had evidence withheld by this judge and the appeals council that was used to determine her decision. I have contacted the office of Adjudication in Chicago, Illinois. The same office that this judge works out of and I was told that this judge was to have provided me with a disk of all the medical records that she used along with copies of all the medical records that she used to make her decision. I want to know exactly what she was looking at and what she had to go on because there are 50 paragraphs in her denial report and I can blow every single one of those out of the water. They make no since, so many things are left out that were very important to my case and there are made up comments in her report that never took place. How does a judge get away with this? It is flat out Criminal and she should have to answer for every single lie that she used to deny me. I have now three total replacements( 2 knees and a shoulder and am looking possibly at a fourth) in her report she refers to these body parts as assumed pain which I take to mean she believes the pain is made up. I think I deserve to see the medical degree that she has that makes her believe that she is smarter then the 6 or 7 Doctors that I see on a regular basis. One way or another I am not stopping until I get Justice . This is one Judge if given the chance you should avoid because she only uses what little she can find that benefits her even if she has to Lie to make her point.


Judge: George M Gaffaney
3/29/2016 6:02:06 AM



All he cares about is keeping his denial percentage up. He does not even listen to one thing you say in your hearing. (why have one) He also made some rude comments about my weight.

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
3/25/2016 11:13:04 AM



I hope that everyone that has had the ability to make it to this site has taken my advice and at all cost asked to be seen by another Judge that will take your case seriously and not try and play judge with made up information. I , as I posted before plan on filing legal charges in an attempt to save everyone with disabilities of ever being railroaded by a judge like this. I have read and re-read her denial against me which includes 50 paragraphs and of those 50 paragraphs I can poke multiple holes in every single one of them. There are left out reports that were very significant to my case and health and made up accounts from a sub-par Clinic Dr that I did not choose but if you read her report you would think she was my primary Dr. She gives more time to Dr's That I saw 2x and another for 10 minutes over my orthopedic Surgeon that was taking care of me for well over 6 months. It is very obvious to me that this Judge omits any and all evidence that benefits the person filing for disability that is crucial to his case and if she has to will make up or put words in the persons mouth to make him look bad and further her case for denial. I don't know how huge the bonus is that they receive per denial but as hard as she seems tOo work at it I am sure it is pretty substantial . Please beware of this Judge. One more thing. I was denied my rights to a face to face hearing please don't let that happen to you

Michael Bell
Judge: Denise M Martin
2/25/2016 5:03:32 PM



Was a very relax fair judge.had my hearing today as her being the judge she was very kind and seem understanding God bless.


Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
1/16/2016 8:12:32 PM



Very unhappy this judge mixing up all the facts in the case and also not looking into the misdiagnosis on my case file. I had severe pain in my back upper and lower and possible nerve damage, I was bed ridden for months even and currently in physical therapy. The judge had the vocational counselor come out and tell me I could do work in a factory which indeed could harm my health condition, I could not believe this when I heard it. Not only did the judge make many assumptions she thought I was just perfectly fine, she took everything out of context and reversed it backwards on me. I even sent her more evidence as to her mistakes in her judgements, she never looked at my case and dismissed everything.. my new evidence and xrays , Dr's letters etc. The fact my case was from the get go misdiagnosed and my previous condition of 15 years erased and now I am classified as having some mental condition I was appalled and disgusted with this I will surely appeal with a lawyer. No wonder she has a 43% approval rating, thanks for the facts.

Debra L.Parker
Judge: Paul R Armstrong
1/14/2016 9:57:00 AM



Before my hearing my lawyer had me so stressed, I took triple my stress medication. He told me not to say anything only yes or no to any question, let him do the talking. So I guess it was my fault I was denied. Judge Armstrong was such a Gentleman, I answered all questions he asked. I do not remember much of my hearing but when someone treats me as a person and not just a number. I respect that person. YES my case was denied, I have appealed. I feel my case was not presented properly. I did not get to see what my lawyer presented before hand. a lot of what was presented was wrong. He did not put my new Doctors diagnosis. So if I lose this I will file again WITHOUT A LAWYER. Thanks.....

Debra L.Parker
Judge: Paul R Armstrong
1/14/2016 9:54:03 AM



O.K. This is my second attempt to share my comments about Judge Armstrong. Before my hearing my lawyer had me so stressed, I took triple my stress medication. He told me not to say anything only yes or no to any question, let him do the talking. So I guess it was my fault I was denied. Judge Armstrong was such a Gentleman, I answered all questions he asked. I do not remember much of my hearing but when someone treats me as a person and not just a number. I respect that person. YES my case was denied, I have appealed. I feel my case was not presented properly. I did not get to see what my lawyer presented before hand. a lot of what was presented was wrong. He did not put my new Doctors diagnosis. So if I lose this I will file again WITHOUT A LAWYER. Thanks.....

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
1/11/2016 2:44:48 PM



First of all I feel blessed to have a sight like this where I can voice my concerns regarding the system but especially regarding this Judge. I am building what I believe to be a Criminal case against this Judge for mis-representing the facts in her denial letter to me. I don't believe that she ,not only looked at the all the information that she was presented, but I believe that she made a rush to judgement when it came to my case. I recently read a report that stated that the average case should take a judge 7 to 7 and a half hrs to go over the facts and render judgement. That same report has Judges on average taking 2 to 2 and a half hrs per case before rendering judgement. This Judge has me sitting comfortably during the entire hearing even though she said that he supposedly could not sit for long periods of time. That statement was made in her report even though I stood up for 30 of 35 minutes because the pain in my neck was so severe. She states that I worked light duty lifting up to 50 lbs when my light consisted of riding in a minni-van that I could barely even get in and out of and never leaving my seat until being dropped off any where from 2-4 hrs a day. she blows off my knee pain, shoulder pain and severe depression. I have had a total right knee replacement,a total right shoulder replacement, am going to have my left knee replaced in Feb and am looking at possibly having my left shoulder replaced on down the rode. My Orthopedic Surgean is a very good one told me that my right shoulder was the worst he had ever worked on and my left knee is the worst he has ever seen. This Judge used the words assumed pain to describe what I was going through. These are just a few of the disabilities I am dealing with. I have contacted the appeals council and the office of Disability and Adjudication and review asking for the information that was used by this Judge to render a decision and was told that I should have received all the information along with a CD of which I did not. I was not even given the option of a face to face hearing and my Lawyer showed up at my last hearing 6-8 months behind on myu medical records. During the hearing the Judge gave my Lawyer 2 weeks to get the up to date records to her and to this date I have no idea whether my Lawyer did that or whether the Judge even considered waiting on those records. I want the truth, the records and anything and everything that I can get my hands on to get Justice in my case. Thanks for allowing me to voice my opinions on this site

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
12/23/2015 2:54:13 AM



I thought this was a public forum where people screwed over by the system and this Judge in particular could have atleast somewhere to voice not only their frustration with this Judge but with the system as a whole. When Social security can pay out 8 Billion dollars in Fraudulent Claims to including Firefighters and Law Enforcement officers it leaves me to believe that in the Legal system there is a double standard. I voice my opinion and I have Deputy Sheriffs knocking on my door and Homeland Security on the Phone. When a Judge fills a REPORT FULL OF lIES to justify a denial the legal system looks the other way. I actually, at one time believed that you could count on the Law being there for you. I now know that the Law is more currupt then it has ever been. I sit here in pain 24 hrs a day and live in poverty while the lEGAL SYSTEM REFUSES to hold Disability Judges or any Judges accountable. My only avenue is to file a Lawsuit against the system who has destroyed me. Do I think I can win. Like I said before the system is currupt and honesty in the Legal system doesn't exist anymore.

T.
Judge: David Skidmore
12/7/2015 4:05:48 PM



I have appeared before ALJ Skidmore many times and have nothing but good to say about this judge. He is objective, impartial, polite and patient with both, attorneys and clients. I don't recall him ever denying a claim without a solid ground for an unfavorable finding. It's a pleasure to work with him.


Judge: Anne Sharrard
10/6/2015 8:59:20 PM



Judge was very compassionate,friendly, and considerate to my condition at hearing.Although I have not received my decision yet I have Faith in God that if it is His will everything will work out for the best for My family.And I believe that Judge was thorough and attentive as I was trying to describe how my conditions have affected not only myself but my family as well..

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
9/28/2015 5:13:55 PM



Judge Anne Sharrad is very Lucky to have a friend in George Michaels but speaking as someone who spends 24 hrs in pain and suffers in poverty because I can't function in the work place I have to take great exception to what Mr. Michaels has written. Judge Sharrard dis-regarded everything that was in any of my Dr's reports. She has quotes from supposed conversations that I was to have had with Dr's that never even took place. I think the legal term for that is Fabricating the facts. She brings in a faceless employment specialist, that I can only hear during the video hearing, which names 5 jobs that to her knowledge were so plentiful she gave a 10000 figure of the number of jobs available. My Lawyer and I looked at each other because we could not even figure out what these jobs were. One was a clothes hanger. I got home after my hearing and used 5 different search engines so I could even get an idea of what these jobs were and only one of the 5 jobs even came up and it was not even what she had named. It was for Nannys. I am a 51 year old with severe depression, gout, a knee replacement and total shoulder replacement and looking at another knee and possible shoulder replacement not to mention arthritis all over my body. In my opinion if you find yourself in front of this judge you better be a very good con or be in such a bad state that even she could not deny you. She looks to deny and that is why her denial percentage is the highest you will find. I was told by a Lawyer that only 5% of Video hearings ever get approved. He told me that in a video hearing you don't know if the Judge is even paying attention. She could be watching TV, doing a crossword or just looking out the Window. When a Judge mentions in her report that I was sitting comfortably through the entire hearing when I stood up 25 of the 30 minutes I have to question just how much she was paying attention. What really gets me is that I appealed to the appeals council and they refused to even look at her decision. But yet the same Social Secuity system that denied me and has left me in poverty paid out over 8 billion dollars in fraudelent claims. Included in these claims were people that were deceased and people with perfectly good jobs. This system is broken and these Judges should have to answer for everything that is in their report and if they don't have anything to hide and are confident in their decision then why don't they offer that opportunity to myself and everyone else. Thats my take on this Judge

George Michaels
Judge: Anne Sharrard
9/18/2015 9:52:26 AM



This judge is very fair and through. A lot of people don't seem to understand the key to being disabled. The government aka judges look very closely at what you are claiming makes you disabled and if your claim doesn't fall under certain categories that the government has outlined, you will not qualify. Remember, although judges are just that...Judges, they follow the guidelines outlined by the Social Security Administration and interpret these guidelines towards a person's claim. Judge Sharrard is by no means biased. She handles each claim with precision, detail and professionalism.


Judge: George Gaffaney
8/28/2015 1:51:36 PM



Judge Gaffaney is an embarrassment to SSA. I've done hundreds of hearings and lost plenty of case, but rarely seen the misconceptions and lies like the ones from George Michael Gaffaney. His denial of my disabled claimant caused laughs in the office due to medical and legal errors (no, your honor, the RFC determination is NOT reserved to the Commissioner). I wish i could go back in front of him when this is remanded, but alas, I cannot put my client through this farce anymore. George is why client's representatives opt of video hearings. If the Commissioner wishes to have more of these, she needs to get rid of the Chicago NHC and its 20% payment rate (less than half the national average).


Judge: Beverly S Parkhurst
8/6/2015 7:14:55 AM



She acted like I was keeping her from something and every comment from my attorney or myself she sit there and blow like oh man do I have to sit here. When I got my decision she fabricated things and did not pay any attention to my doctors restrictions. She called me obese and I'm a little over weight but nothing to that fact and it had nothing to do with my case. And the people she had had little or no experience in these cases.she is rude and disrespectful and if there is a way to get her out or countersue for a judge name calling or if it's defacation of character I will find it . she paid no mind to my pain in my back or legs and she called myself and my doctors liars and that I don't have edema in my legs and I can lift 20 to 30 pounds and I can stand for long periods. She has no idea what she is doing and I think she only picks certain people to approve and I think caucasion women are not one of them. I want to be heard by someone else who will act like they care

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
8/5/2015 5:41:16 PM



Warning!!! If you are disabled and you are chosen to be seen by The Honorable Anne Sharrard ,and belive me when I say I use the word Honorable very loosly when describing this Disability Judge, I would suggest very strongly that you refuse to be seen by her and ask to be seen by another Judge. There are so many Lies and embellishments when it comes to the truth in her denial report against me no one stands a chance against this Judge. I don't believe that she has any sympathy but to the all mighty dollar and probaly gets bonuses on the amount of Cases she denies. In myu opinion she should be disbarred and should be in prison


Judge: Jessica Inouye
7/21/2015 10:47:51 AM



Judge Inouye recently heard my case and while not knowing her decision yet, I felt she asked relevant and intelligent questions to ascertain my disability case. Not having an attorney represent me, I feel she will give a fair decision. That is all one can ask for.

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
6/25/2015 12:45:22 PM



I would say the one thing that I took from my hearing the Honorable Judge Anne Sharrard was her lack of attention to what she was seeing. The reason I say that is in her denial report she states that even though I talked about having problems with sitting or standing for long period of time because of my neck fusion surgery and my severe arhritis in my knees and shoulders she stqates I had no problem sitting through the entire hearing even though I stood up for the last 25 minutes because of the pain I was in. This also leads into her total disregard for my shoulder pain and my knee pain which she blew off as assumed pain. I had just had a total right knee replacement 2 months before the hearing and the assumed shoulder pain has led to what my ortho dr called the worst arthritic shoulder he had ever seen and that led to a total shoulder replacement of my right shoulder. I am still looking a a Left knee replacement as soon as I can get my shoulders back to where I have enough strength and endure the pain that it will take to brace myself after the knee is done. Nice Call Judge. Stick to what you do best. Fabricating the facts and leave the medical expertise to where it belongs the Drs that know what they are actually talking about. You ruined my life and stole years from me that I entend to fight to make sure that you don't get away with

Michael morgan
Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
6/16/2015 5:50:04 PM



I wonder how long it takes to get a decision back because I've been waiting for over a month and haven't got a letter or anything back can anybody give me a ballpark and how long it takes thank you . because I just told the judge I really didn't care about the disability check with a bag but check all I really needed was insurance because my health is in bad shape.

Billy Krueger
Judge: John Pope
6/3/2015 7:08:12 PM



One cannot but wonder why Judge Pope's Approved claims are so far out of line with the other judges in his State, in the Nation, and even in his own office. Very interesting...I can certainly draw my own inference.

watchdog
Judge: Henry Kramzyk
3/26/2015 5:34:29 PM



He seems nice but gives representatives no time to ask questions. If you are a lawyer, get ready for some hostile treatment. Your best bet is do a substantial file memo before hearing or have your client do an extensive affidavit or better yet, take your clients testimony before the hearing by statement under oath and file the transcript. This judge is part of the NHC , which should be called the 25% club.(percentage approved) get ready to get screwed while he stacks up the unfavorables like firewood. Avoid video...Avoid Kramzyk.

Richard Wening
Judge: David K Gatto
3/6/2015 12:52:57 PM



It is my concern that the standards provided by Social Security to the administrators are biased towards applicants who have ready access to medical services. I'm sure this was not the intent, but it is the reality.

steve
Judge: Paul R Armstrong
1/27/2015 2:43:55 PM



I went in to my hearing expecting the worst, but Judge Armstrong listened to my case and quickly understood why I could not work. I am only 32 years old battling heart issues and he understood this, when the lower levels of the process did not.

Amanda
Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
11/9/2014 5:16:42 PM



She does not like to listen if you are sick. She only respects the social security administration, she is the worse judge. Very strong. She thinks that the people lie and invent what the disability people is suffering

angela hossenlopp
Judge: Paul R Armstrong
10/27/2014 9:25:33 PM



He is an awesome judge and my case is not even decided on.

Kyle
Judge: George Gaffaney
10/27/2014 2:39:38 PM



First of all remember that the merits of your case will rule the day. I had a case history going back 11 years which made for a strong case. Although for whatever it’s worth, by the time I had my hearing on September 11, 2014, this had been my 3rd time third filing for Disability since 2008. Also a year before my hearing I was refused an On The Record Review of my case. Its known that it is tough to win with Judge Gaffaney but if your medical problems are undeniable then you stand a chance of prevailing in front of him and that’s what I did. The judges’ bases their decision on what the vocational expert says and he said there were no jobs I could do. Judge Gaffaney told me that he would expedite my decision and I received it in 6 weeks, so I don’t know how long it normally takes. I just know that I was lucky enough to get a fully favorable one.


Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
10/22/2014 11:16:16 AM



Follow-up comment now that I've received Judge Sanzi's decision on my claimant's case: Decision is well-written, concise, clear so that most claimant's could understand it. In spite of the fact the my claimant hid his/her return to work after the initial onset date, Judge Sanzi still gave him/her the benefit of the doubt. But based on his/her age, a sedentary rating equaled a finding of "not disabled." Not the decision I wanted for my claimant, but a well-reasoned and appropriate one. Will probably never appear before him again, but still believe he was fair, respectful, professional.


Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
10/14/2014 8:40:29 AM



I NEVER THOUGHT A JUDGE COULD USE HIS OWN OPINION OF WHAT IS OR ISN'T AN ILLNESS EVEN WHEN IT IS PROVEN BY DOCTOR'S TESTOMY AND RECORDS. THIS MAN SHOULD BE EDUCATED IN ALL TYPES OF DISABILITIES, EVEN ONES ABOVE THE NECK. YOUR BRAIN CONTROLS EVERYTHING YOUR BODY DOES, YET HE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN MENTAL ILLNESS, IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD. MAYBE HE SHOULD SPEAK TO VETS AND FIND OUT WHAT PTSD IS, MAYBE HE SHOULD HAVE A PANIC ATTACK OR NOT BE ABLE TO SLEEP FOR DAYS IN A ROW. MAYBE HE SHOULD TAKE MEDICATIONS THAT RELIEVE THE SYMTOMS BUT CAUSE HORRIBLE SIDE EFFECTS....OR MAYBE HE SHOULD STOP PLAYING GOD.

Tim Wells
Judge: Anne Sharrard
10/7/2014 11:23:03 AM



Judge ANNE SHARRARD obviously is not only well paid between the secret handshakes and the money she gets paid in salary, but she must also be smarter then all my Drs. I know she does not have very good eyesight because when she denied me she said that I had no problem sitting through the entire hearing even though my neck pain was so severe that I stood the last 25 minutes. My new Lawyer says that video hearings on average only get ok'd 5 % something my Lawyer that was unprepared for the hearing did not tell me. She referred to my right shoulder as supposed shoulder pain but when my orthopedic surgeon gave me steroids and pain killers and has told me that I need a shoulder replacement I guess he never spoke with Anne so he could learn that the severe arthritis that prevents me from even raising my arm is just a figment of his imagination. She is a Liar and probably had the TV or was looking out the window during my hearing. While I suffer from severe arthritis in my ankles, knees( had a knee replacement in my right knee which she also referred to as supposed knee pain gout , severe neck pain, sever arthritis in my shoulder and a bad back Anne Sharrard is allowed to walk this earth free women.


Judge: Paul R Armstrong
9/13/2014 10:32:38 AM



He had his mind made up before the hearing approval rating nation wide 62% at a hearing. My God Armstrong's is 15% I had no chance at all. KY quit hearings here and now are run video from Chicago he compared my problems with a different case all together. 28 months of waiting for this I am applying on my own again and turning in everything i possibly can and hope i never have to see another one of these judges again. I am losing my place to live being evicted from the land i rent to put my mobile home on my landlord will take it he knows i can't afford to move it, everythings being turned off. Me and my kids will be on the street my x husband has stage 3 cancer no child support he can't work. I hope this judge feels the pain i do right now it would kill him to be where i'm at he couldn't handle it.


Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
8/7/2014 7:14:23 PM



I would be happy to appear before ALJ Sanzi any time. He conducts a logically organized, fair hearing. He treats both the claimant and the representative respectfully, ensures the claimant understands what is happening, encourages the the claimant to ask questions if he does not understand something. He gives no indication of having pre-judged the case or of just "going through the motions." He asks reasonable hypotheticals and doesn't go over the top with endless restrictions. He may rule against my claimant (after working with him and his "inaccurate" answers to my questions about work after onset, an unfavorable decision might even be appropriate), but he conducted a fair and impartial hearing. Just because an ALJ doesn't have a high allowance rate doesn't make him a bad judge or an evil person. Get a grip. If he makes his decisions the way he conducts his hearings, then he will make reasoned determinations that he will support with his findings from the file and the testimony. And he may, therefore, deny claims. He's doing his job.

Steve Bond
Judge: Anne Sharrard
4/29/2014 1:18:02 PM



I had Anne Sharrard for my SSDI Hearing in April 2013. Her decision was "Full Favorable". So of coarse you're gonna hear nothing but positive comments from me about this Wonderfully Fair and Understanding Judge. Thank You Anne. You saved my life.

Janice Alonso
Judge: David Skidmore
2/7/2014 6:38:11 PM



My sister went to a hearing with judge Skidmore last September 2013. We;her family ,friends,former co-workers have seen how her health have deteriorated in the past 5 years. Judge Skidmore looked like a fair man,listening, making visual contact, empathetic gestures as the hearing got into the subjects that caused her to apply for disability. The vocational expert was clear on the recommendation when the "hypothetical" scenario was mentioned. He said that there was no jobs that the person on the hypothetical situation could do. Our representative did not help either since we had to request an investigation for possible fraud to the social security. We were fully cooperative and she wrote a letter to the judge(heartbreaking) because she has been out of work for 3 years. Attempted to work multiple times and fired from jobs due to related incidents to get impairments. She is in the streets, not good enough to get hired by any employer but not ill enough to be considered disabled due to paperwork I guess. A person who had been out of work for 3 years will not have the financial means to attend to every medical appointment, to pay for her medicines...and yes for transportation etc. And yes after all that she got a non favorable decision, I'm typing as I'm watching her sleep at a hospital's room after attempting suicide earlier today. What does it take for this people to act like human beings? It seems like someone's life. And by the way the hearing was in September, this judge just made a decision on January 31st. Thanks


Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
1/28/2014 3:46:12 PM



When the court started judge Lariccia read off to me my condition. She had not read all my medical and when told this at the hearing she still could not accessit without my lawyers help. She went into the hearing with precocieved notions and never changed them. When the vocational counselor from the state went over jobs he stated i couldnot perform light duty with my conditions I stated to the Judge. In her decision Judge Lariccia said she agrees with the doctor that I have severe pain but I can still perform a light duty job. Then she spelled out what i could perform as it relates to lifting. Noware in any reports or FCE did it say I could do that. Also she said the vocational couselor said I could perform light duty with my spoken evidence. He never said that. I faxed in a release for the hearing proceedings and never recieved them. In my opinion Judge Lariccia was not prepared for the case, and looking at her basis for decision she never read all the medical.


Judge: George Gaffaney
1/14/2014 11:03:17 PM



Frankly, the first three comments are so fantastically counter to my experience in this guy's hearing room, I have concluded that perhaps his honor posted them himself! At the time of my hearing he was turning down almost nine of every ten who came before him. I'm not talking about a tough, fair minded judge here, he was contemptuous, arrogant, condescending, and biased. I came before him with three RFC's, one from my neurologist of "five years," one from my primary internist of "ten years," and the Neurologists PA, all fully supportive of my complete disability including reams of documentation. In his decision, he accorded all of the weight to the SSA hack, who had never so much as looked upon my face, let alone examined my body! He stated that my "board certified" neurologist was only minimally credible, and that my primary was wholly not credible, a black outrage! Further, he opined in his decision that because I came from the work comp system, I was likely trying to game the system, a speculation wholly unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, and so outrageous based upon the mountains of medical evidence available to him, that it bordered on the criminal!(its a federal crime to retaliate against a worker for having come through the work comp system) This man cost me years of further anguish, the loss of my last few possessions, and the return of my cancer with zero coverage resulting in the loss of my Prostate, bladder, and glands! the appeals council refused to even review his decision, mind you they refused to even "review" it, an action that took them 14 months to inform me of! But I got this evil man back, the federal district court slam dunked him, though it tacked on an additional "two years" of waiting! My attorney at the time of the hearing simply told me straight up, this man is ruthless, even though your case is a no-brainer, its highly unlikely that you will prevail in front of him, he was more then understating the issue...


Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
12/10/2013 11:36:01 AM



Excellent Judge. Very friendly and compassionate. Definatly happy to present in front of her. She is always fair and knowledgeable.


Judge: Curt Marceille
9/30/2013 6:16:24 AM



In reference to my post on November 20, 2012: After receiving this judge's unfavorable decision, I personally filed a new claim for disability on behalf of my husband. No attorney involved. My husband was granted disability within 4 WEEKS!!!! 4 WEEKS! Tell me he wasn't disabled when he went before Judge Marceille. (right). In the end, we won, however, due to this judge's decision, my husband was not qualified to receive the 3 years back pay that he was due. Thank you SO much Judge.

karin dido
Judge: John S Pope
8/22/2013 3:46:26 PM



I don't think he understands medical conditions, To be that kind of judge when peoples health is a stake not only look at both sides but look up the conditions and have a better understanding of the health issues. The ssi doctors are paid to say yes they can still work. A Judge that is in this position should not take sides but know the health issue and make a fair choice.


Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
8/14/2013 3:59:59 PM



Reversed and remanded again! A judge cannot lie and claim evidence does not exist when it clearly does.


Judge: Henry Kramzyk
5/24/2013 10:55:49 AM



I have just learned of this site to post about the judges, and I as well had Henry Kramzyk, I just had my hearing about a month ago, and awaiting the results, and after looking at the rating for appraoval and denial I must admit I am on pins and needles, since the approval rate of this judge is the lowest approval rating compared to the other judges, and a high denial rating...as I have been waiting long enough..keeping fingers crossed


Judge: John S Pope
5/23/2013 11:43:00 AM



This Judge misstated facts on his decision for social security. Case pending. This Judge has a 63% percent denial rate. Enough said.


Judge: Anne Sharrard
5/19/2013 3:09:24 PM



I am a representative and have had 3 hearings with ALJ Sharrard. She is younger, has a very pleasant personality and is very well prepared and familiar with the file before a hearing. She will ask for an opening statement and will thoroughly question the claimant on background, past work, impairments and reasons why they person feels they cannot work. She will expect explanations of drug use, alcohol use, or criminal activity as well as any income after onset. She typically gives the VE a hypo based on sedentary or light activity and then will ask what effect being off task for 10% of the time would have on ability to hold a job. Her award rate is clearly on the conservative side. I get the impression that credibility weighs heavily in her decisions. She does a thorough job and treats everyone involved with respect and dignity.

Fonda
Judge: Paul R Armstrong
5/6/2013 8:32:27 PM



Iam over 50 and I got denied.i heard if you get Armstrong you will get denied I got Armstrong and I got denied, he lived up to his reputation as far as I can see.I have no ideal how I will survive are if I will


Judge: Henry Kramzyk
4/27/2013 10:17:12 PM



I agree that most people wouldn't care how nice a judge is but I do have to wonder why the rating is so low for approvals. It could be that he doesn't allow weak cases, or bogus cases to go through. Isn't it possible that he IS fair and doesn't allow for those who really are not disabled according to SSA? Just playing devil's advocate maybe. I saw the approval rating and was expecting a denial as easily as an approval. After holding my breathe for a while I recieved a fully favorable decision. A very detailed one at that.


Judge: Beverly S Parkhurst
4/24/2013 3:11:39 PM



She can't make up her mind on what she wants to do with the cases. She is always cancelling out the cases to please herself and she is self-serving. She can't do that big ALJ job. She works the employees too hard in order to make herself look good. She hollers at them and excuses them of her mistakes.


Judge: Paul R Armstrong
4/22/2013 10:30:08 AM



If you're less than 50, stay home. You don't have a chance.


Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
4/11/2013 8:43:52 PM



Judge Sanzi clearly enjoys writing about himself on here. I have represented clients for 17 years before countless ALJ's. This man is utterly disgusting to appear before. He clearly has his mind made up before the hearing. He is in the top 3 worst judges I have appeared before. Sure not everyone deserves benefits but his approval rating is so unfair. People pay in but if you become disabled and have to appear before this moron you might as well forget getting your money out of the system. This judges record is going to ultimately cost him his job. Judge Sanzi shame on you, you should think of all the lives your ruining and start having some morals. FIND GOD, YES THERE IS A POWER GREATER THAN YOU, BEG FOR FORGIVENESS.


Judge: Jessica Inouye
4/11/2013 8:18:58 AM



Judge inuoye decide my case right. she was fiar and look at everthng. she ok with me.

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Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
4/10/2013 2:58:48 PM



took the time to explain the law to me so I understood it. explained that if I did not have medical records before my insurance date ended I was not going to get disability. she spent time to help me figure out where I went to the doctor and then said she would try to get those records. don't think i'll get disabilty based on what she said, but at least she cares enough to try.


Judge: Jessica Inouye
4/3/2013 5:57:23 PM



Judge Inouye has rapidly established herself as a rising star among the federal administrative law judge corps. Her vast prior litigation experience has been a boon to her acknowledged superior ability in bringing out the truth in cases that she hears. Cases typically present inconsistencies between testimony and the medical record and other evidence. Judge Inouye is recognized as having a superb ability to resolve these inconsistencies in a manner that follows the law applicalbe to disability cases. Of course, not all claimants are happy as some are under the impression that merely applying for disability guarantees that payments will soon follow. In her difficult job, Judge Inouye's top-notch judicial temperment stands her in good stead. I see the above comments came from another stooge from SSA or perhaps the judge herself either way take it worth a grain of salt.


Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
4/3/2013 7:50:25 AM



Judge Sanzi is dedicated to fairly applying the law to the facts of the case before him. That may not always result in an award of benefits, but he's just doing his job. He treats the claimants with respect.


Judge: Jessica Inouye
4/3/2013 7:47:41 AM



Judge Inouye knows the law and applies it to the facts before her. That's her job and she does it well.


Judge: Michael R McGuire
4/2/2013 10:19:27 AM



Excellent judge. Very thoughtful and considerate in each case. He is polite and courteous with all involved.


Judge: Jessica Inouye
4/2/2013 9:33:47 AM



37 year old former public defender gets appointed to the federal bench? Hardly experienced in SSA law. She's fulfilling the SSA mission to deny every possible claim. Why bother seeing your own doctor for years on end. She rejects their opinions in favor of some hack doctor who couldn't get a real job so works doing SS evals for $150.00 a pop. Just the latest in SSA's Ayn Randian-esque implementation of disability law. Such a shameful and disgraceful reflection of our era's governance. How many people with Stage III cancer, undergoing chemo for a year, are actively working full time? You are a despicable person, Jessica.

guest
Judge: Paul Gaughen
4/2/2013 8:57:28 AM



as i said above, on 3/18 this judge seized upon my twice-weekly alcohol use, and called it "abuse". this led him to negate all my medical records, saying i could function without "alcohol abuse" (2 times weekly) if this guy wants to deny your claim to keep his NHC ratios in order, he will find a way.


Judge: Paul Gaughen
3/29/2013 8:11:36 AM



Very pleasant judge. Knows when he has to do a fully developed hearing and also when he doesn't. Likes to cut to the chase on clearly solid cases.


Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
3/27/2013 7:45:59 AM



This ALJ used to be in the NHC in Chicago. Her award rate has been fairly consistent. She is pleasant, sometimes ready to start hearings early. She asks for opening and then she questions claimant. A good, strong work history is always a plus. She will do bench decisions too. In my experience this ALJ is very fair. All judges have to formuate opinions on crediblity and severity of symptoms.


Judge: Henry Kramzyk
3/21/2013 8:28:40 PM



in response to the last comment, I also find him to be nice. but, his decisions are bad news. who cares if a judge has a kind way of running a hearing. all that matters is if the alj can be fair.


Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
3/20/2013 6:27:40 PM



Judge Nagle really seems to understand the disability process. I have appeared before dozens of ALJs in disability cases in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia and I rank her among the top three. I look forward to having cases with her in the future.


Judge: Paul Gaughen
3/18/2013 2:22:07 PM



i dont know how my hearing will be decided, but he was very even-tempered and unimposing. i was worried, but he seems very fair.


Judge: Beverly S Parkhurst
3/13/2013 3:43:00 AM



fair, knowledgeable, excellent judge


Judge: Kim Soo Nagle
3/8/2013 10:32:55 PM



Very fair judge. She is smart and knowledgeable about Social Security law.


Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
3/8/2013 7:55:41 AM



Keep in mind when I added this note she had a 45% approval rating?? Not a very nice judge. She is very argumentative with the attorney as soon as you go on the record. Hearings can last about 2 hours she requires the client to bring all medications they are on as well. She will quiz the client about ALL medications and exactly which medication they take for what impairment. In addition she will need a simple outline of each treating doctor the client is seeing and for what condition they are seeing that particular doctor for (again it just doesn't seem she reads the records or the brief before hearing)but again she will argue why a family doctor is treating for specific impairments. She is very argumentative and tends to give medical opinion about your case while citing incorrectly or mischaracetrizing the evidence. It is apparent she does NOT read briefs and for that fact she reads very little of the medical records that is how she mischaraterizes so much of the medical records. Example: in my case she argued (yep) that my client only had one back impairment when several were listed and really counselor it's all the same (when no they are not) she will argue and try to get you to stipulate to her reasoning. VE: she uses a VE but wants to skip over listing out the jobs the national numbers and the local numbers. She will again ask the attorney to stipulate that there are jobs without listing them out. No doubt her hearings are ripe for appeal but need to take very detailed notes stay on your toes and if you do go to AC with an appeal GET THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE HEARING.


Judge: George Gaffaney
3/7/2013 11:24:45 PM



Super intelligent judge. Cuts to the chase and is fair minded about disability claims.


Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
3/7/2013 1:59:01 PM



Hearings last about 2 hours

Da
Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
3/7/2013 1:51:11 PM



Judge wants to inspect medications bring them to hearing

Dma
Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
3/7/2013 1:38:13 PM



Pretty argumentative judge she tends to give a medical opinion about the case and cites to the record incorrectly.. Listen close you will need to correct her characterization of the medical evidence. Submitted a brief in the case and she did not read it before the hearing but still asked for a theory of the case wanting the attorney to repeat everything in the brief? Huh ...she has a pretty good approval rating so I am hopeful the decision will be favorable. If you are an attorney just be on your toes about how she characterizes the medical evidence. Will quiz your client about medications even though you have submitted med list she still expects the client to have them memorized even when they are a few pages long.


Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
3/1/2013 11:59:45 AM



Polouse doesnt know a hole from a apple extremly incompitant as a judge or human bieng and should step down from the podeum she sits on for she unfit to judge others the worst jugde would nt trust her with a tooth pick


Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
3/1/2013 8:58:25 AM



Always tries to make the right decision in each case, carefully applying the law as it is written, not as some reps might want it to be. Can't ask for more from a judge.

Truthful
Judge: Jessica Inouye
3/1/2013 8:52:53 AM



Super smart. Can tell she's been doing this a long time. Really knows her stuff.


Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
2/28/2013 6:04:17 PM



She is terrible, god awful judge. Its nice that SSA employees defend the indefensible.


Judge: Henry Kramzyk
2/28/2013 9:56:20 AM



When I was at the hearing office and found out I was walking into Judge Kramzyk's room I expected the worst. I know his approval rating is very low so I have to admit I was disappointed that he is over my case. Due to his low approval rating and some of the reviews of similar judges I was honestly expecting a rude and confrontational person. Mr. Kramzyk was neither. I do not know the outcome of the hearing yet, but I wanted to say that as a Judge, he was polite and not what you might expect from a person with a 22% approval rate. For what it's worth...


Judge: Jessica Inouye
2/27/2013 7:18:57 AM



Not good. Needs to seek other type work.


Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
2/26/2013 12:16:22 PM



THIS MAN IS NOT FAIR AND MUST REALIZE DISABILITY CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE.


Judge: Michael R McGuire
2/23/2013 3:53:22 PM



Best judge. So fair and interested in my claim.


Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
2/22/2013 6:21:27 PM



Judge Poulose is one smart judge with a lot of Social Security experience. She really knows the law and weighs the evidence fairly. Not every doctor is believable and she is able to explain why. She is very skilled at getting to the heart of the issues.


Judge: Michael R McGuire
2/22/2013 6:15:30 PM



Hardworking judge with a lot of experience. Always professional and polite. Great American too.


Judge: Lorenzo Level
2/22/2013 6:13:11 PM



Nice guy, quiet, polite.

Poster
Judge: Curt Marceille
2/22/2013 6:12:20 PM



Judge Marceille is professional and thorough. He gives great consideration to every claim and makes fair decisions based on the evidence he's given.


Judge: John S Pope
2/22/2013 6:10:49 PM



Smart judge, excellent demeanor, looks intimidating but always considers each case fairly based on the evidence. Can't ask for more.

Critic's corner
Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
2/22/2013 6:09:03 PM



Smart, fair, hardworking.


Judge: George Gaffaney
2/22/2013 6:08:01 PM



Best judge I've come across. Smart and experienced.

Realistic
Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
2/22/2013 6:06:30 PM



Judge Sanzi clearly makes himself familiar with the claim files. He puts a lot of thought into his decisions. If a claim is not meritorious, it won't be paid. That's just doing the job the right way.

An Honest Assesser
Judge: George Gaffaney
2/22/2013 6:03:34 PM



Judge Gaffaney presides over hearings with professionalism and intelligence. He is able to get to the heart of the claim and ask all relevant questions. Sometimes the claimants and representatives might not like this, but they have to admit that he is skilled at getting to the truth and bringing out discrepancies.


Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
2/15/2013 3:30:31 PM



Has no heart. Is not sympathetic with respect to terminal cases.


Judge: Patrick Nagle
2/12/2013 4:46:40 PM



Why are you not at work. What kind of Guy are you. You don't hold hearings. I quess you don't want to work too. You just get a free government paycheck. Wow! the government must have a lot of money to just give away.


Judge: George Gaffaney
2/12/2013 12:36:57 PM



I don't think he was fair. The witness they provided even stated I could not work with my limitations... And yet I was still denied. There doctor they sent me to put it would be very difficult for me to work.. I just dont get it .

marie
Judge: Theodore W Grippo
2/7/2013 7:57:40 PM



I had him for a video judge and i am no longer able to do prior jobs and yet he decided that i still can even though my doctors say no and cant do repetative things and that is jobs he says i can do. I am hoping the appeal works it has been long time and lot pain and stress which don't go away.


Judge: Thomas J Sanzi
2/2/2013 3:03:53 PM



Impossible to win a case in front of this man. 10% approval rating and 70% denial - how is this fair and just? He doesn't even deserve one star.


Judge: Michael R McGuire
2/2/2013 3:03:32 PM



Not a good Judge. Pulls fast tricks on questioning with a lot of denials and he is a racist who reminds me of a Nazi Court. He also makes up stories so you cant get SSI. The DR on the phone said that there are no jobs with my multiple health problems. So he denied me. What a bad ALJ. Get rid of him now.


Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
1/30/2013 3:09:39 PM



The ALJ is not competent!!! She ignores evidence, blows off treating source opinions, uses poor judgement and is prone to be long winded. She needs to be removed.


Judge: Patrick Nagle
1/24/2013 3:25:00 PM



He's never at work, nor holds hearings. Where is he at all the time.


Judge: Beverly S Parkhurst
1/10/2013 12:53:57 PM



You know that you are not working; you are just pretending in order to get that big government paycheck/handout.


Judge: Theodore W Grippo
1/7/2013 12:15:49 PM



What a@!!!.. Ignores treating doctors opinions and findings. Gives great wieght to CE findings & SDM findings. Chooses only portions of medical records that are not favorable to the claimant being awarded benefits. Does not consider all exertional and non-exertional limitations & what impact they have on the true RFC.


Judge: Beverly S Parkhurst
1/2/2013 2:49:17 PM



She is incapable of performing her ALJ duties. She keeps the whole office busy covering up the fact that she don't have the mental capacity to do anything right.


Judge: Patrick Nagle
12/24/2012 3:44:10 PM



He's never at work, schedule hearings nor hold hearings. Where is he at all this time. Where do they get all of these judges that never wants to work.


Judge: Curt Marceille
12/23/2012 3:08:38 PM



I can't believe the US Government allows Judges, like him to make accusations and judgment on individuals that are truly disabled and their medical records speak for themselfs. This Judge has put a hold on our lives and hopefully something can be done about this. We want to wish him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, something we are not having this year!


Judge: Michael R McGuire
12/21/2012 4:59:17 PM



He is working everybody to death; keeping them busy with covering up the fact that he cannot perform and keep up with the ALJ duties.


Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
12/13/2012 10:58:09 PM



I reviewed the comments about all Chicago Judges; I had a hearing before her and she seems knowledgeable and listened, she allowed the hearing to last over an hour. Other comments about the Chicago judges seem to be sour grapes by Obama supporters. They got the President and the Administration they asked for, now live with it. You are an idiot


Judge: Shirley M Michaelson
12/11/2012 1:34:48 PM



I reviewed the comments about all Chicago Judges; I had a hearing before her and she seems knowledgeable and listened, she allowed the hearing to last over an hour. Other comments about the Chicago judges seem to be sour grapes by Obama supporters. They got the President and the Administration they asked for, now live with it.


Judge: Curt Marceille
11/29/2012 1:49:03 PM



I have never had a hearing with this ALJ present in the room. Always by video from Chicago. Very rude and accusatory tone with claimants. Poor judicial temperament. If I had to guess, I'd say he worked in insurance defense before he became an ALJ, and still thinks his role is the same as a PI defense attorney rather than adjudicator. I have had 4 hearings in front of this guy and only one favorable.


Judge: Michael R McGuire
11/22/2012 5:07:27 PM



He shouldn't upset the Attorneys and make them so mad. He keeps the workers busy doing the same work over and over again. He doesn't review the cases timely so that the post development can be requested. He is terrible to work with. He lays the blame on the workers when it is him not working. They was so happy at Oak Park Terrance ODAR and Downtown ODAR that he was gone. Now he is making the lives of those at the National Hearing Center miseable.


Judge: Curt Marceille
11/20/2012 5:56:24 PM



Pray this is not your judge. He will not consider you disabled as long as you're still breathing. My husbands unfavorable decision is 15 pages, full of twisted comments, insinuations, insults and snide comments. Unbelievable. Tough? Yeah! Knowledgeable, obviously, Fair? No way!


Judge: Rebecca LaRiccia
11/16/2012 2:52:46 PM



This judge has approval rating of 43% and apparently uses the same justification for all her cases. She states while the impairment is "severe" and there is objective evidence to support it, she does not agree with limitations and pain expressed. Who is she to know how much pain somoneone is in and how can she deny the medical evidence that supports the pain? Shameful..


Judge: Michael R McGuire
11/14/2012 5:16:01 PM



He doesn't work and is always excusing the workers for his mistakes. He makes mistakes all the time. He can't make up his mind on what he wants. He cancels out the hearings and have them rescheduled over and over again. He can't perform the ALJ duties. He keeps the employees busy covering up his failure to perform the ALJ duties. He doesn't review the case loads timely. How did he get hired? Who hired him? How did he get the job?


Judge: John S Pope
11/12/2012 4:37:31 PM



This judge cut my wife off twice during the hearing and sometimes wouldn't let her finish.He looked bored most of the time during the hearing.He also implied that she lied during the hearing.


Judge: John S Pope
11/10/2012 1:05:26 PM



Highly limited in his ability to properly adjudicate claims. Argumentative, jumps to conclusions and is ill prepared.


Judge: Michael R McGuire
10/27/2012 2:49:02 PM



He runs the workers crazy, cancellations of the cases and schedules them over. Attorneys were jumping off of the cases, because he made them made.


Judge: Martha R Reeves
9/17/2012 11:51:19 AM



Mercurial, self-important, and irritating.


Judge: Lorenzo Level
9/2/2012 7:39:56 AM



WORKPLACE BULLY!


Judge: Anne Sharrard
8/23/2012 11:21:11 AM



Why does a " Judge " Anne Sharrard rule on my Disability ? 4 Doctors gave a deposition that I was unable to work to a spinal injury that is permanent. " Judge" Sharrard ruled against me saying i was employable, really I haven't worked in 4 years after 23 years as a skilled laborer. What gives these people the right to deny my ENTITLEMENT ! guess she is also a " Doctor" WHAT A JOKE THIS **** SYSTEM IS...I HOPE YOU GET YOUR PROMOTION ! OUR GOVERNMENT SUCKS !

JEREMIE YOUNGER
Judge: Sylke Merchan
8/4/2012 12:52:26 AM



THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME OUT , CAUSE YOU MADE ME STRONG AND WEAK AT THE SAME TIME BUT I LEARN ALOT SO THANK YOU


Judge: Anne Sharrard
7/31/2012 9:51:48 AM



Does anyone check the facts in a case, this judge ignored medical depositions given by 4 Surgeons saying my medical condition prevented me from being employed, however Judge Sharrard felt different about it. She decided i could work, not the Doctors. Yes an unfavorable decision after 30 years working. 4 months later still can't work, 4 years after my injury still not working. I will apply for welfare because of her denying my benefit, does anyone ever read this or care. hope someday she will suffer as i have

Sure that would hepl
Judge: Anne Sharrard
7/16/2012 9:25:55 AM



Had my hearing from Judge Sharrard, yes i received an unfavorable( no disability ) 3 years of doctors, rehab, and unable to drive. 4 Doctors said i would be unable to perform an substantial work due to my PERMANENT damage to my spinal cord. After 31 years working as a skilled laborer, this is what you get. Judge Sharrard had no intention of awarding what i was intitled to no matter what the facts. Guess she had a quota for the day. Is their any one that oversees theses arrogant Judges. Now i will apply for welfare, link card and all the rest. I will now cost more than if she would have done the right thing and awarded what should have been given to me. THANKS FOR NOTHING !

Unemployed & applying for welfare
Judge: Anne Sharrard
7/2/2012 2:52:07 PM



I have not been able to work in 4 years since a spinal cord injury, Several doctors ( surgeons ) stated i was unable to work due to my severe medical condition. I met & exceeded all requirements for disability that i have paid into for 30 years. Judge Sharrard ruled against me giving me an unfavorable decision, saying i could perform as a " Cashier" most days i do not leave my home due to my inability to drive. This judge and others care nothing about the facts or the people. I hope someone actually reads this and gets something out of this. If you are assigned this judge to hear your case i would recommend someone else due to her record of ruling against people, she must be looking for a promotion I speculate that is the way to move up denying cases no matter the facts. Arrogant judges ! hope they get to answer someday for their actions !!!

Alex R.
Judge: Kathleen Scully-Hayes
6/29/2012 7:06:47 PM



Decent, hardworking, fair judge. Will do the right thing.


Judge: Anne Sharrard
6/18/2012 6:29:11 AM



Judge Sharrard has that certain judicial je ne sais quoi that enables her to efficiently preside over hearings, bringing her to the best conclusion in the case. She is firm, but very nice, even though she doesn't pay everybody.

Harold Morgan
Judge: Henry Kramzyk
6/16/2012 10:46:43 PM



I'll type another comment in hopes it will be posted. I suffer from mental illness, which has a large influence on all aspects of my life as well as neurological disorders, which both contribute to the picture. My hearing was conducted in March of this year with a unfavorable decision. Of course since I have been seeking benefits for over five years I found the decision frustrating and hurtful. I have been suffering for about twenty years as I am 28, it has been two thirds of my life. One thing I cannot understand is the disparity in statistics between the judges in Porter county. Judge Kramzyk only approves 18 percent, which is questionable only because in the context of his colleagues in Porter Co. his approval rating is clearly not pro claimant.


Judge: John S Pope
6/5/2012 8:32:24 AM



The prior comment is ridiculous and untrue. The comments about Judge Pope's hisotry is blatantly false, so take the rest with a wheelbarrow of salt.


Judge: John S Pope
5/24/2012 9:49:05 AM



This man filed a lawsuit because he didn't get a job as Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Judge, so he sued won then lost,even with his extra points for serving in the military he couldn't keep this job. He could not get a job as an FCC judge, so he sued and lost. Social Security ALJ is the only job he could get. He is disgruntled and takes it out on applicants. He refused to consider witness testimony from the Vocation Rehab Counselor, and threw out the Social Security doctor's exam report. I was told by the ODAR in Fort Wayne he had been fired. The Chicago office denies he ever worked there.

BRAND NEW TAX BURDEN
Judge: Anne Sharrard
5/23/2012 2:25:02 PM



You denied me knowing i am disabled, 4 Doctors said i was, and I can't drive but a little. Now i will file Bankruptcy and apply for Government assistance. I was a 30 year worker and was injured on the job. Haven't worked in 4 years. My family thanks you for your compassion. hope you get your promotion for another denial !

new welfare recipient
Judge: Anne Sharrard
5/21/2012 9:08:56 AM



5 Doctors in medical records said due to my spinal injury I could not due any substantial work, and one Doctor said i was unfit for any type of work. " Judge" Sharrard ruled UNFAVORABLE against me, stated that i could perform as a laundry mat assistant. I worked several years as a High skilled Welder & Fabricator...thanks for denying my disability that is all i had. My unemployment ran out because NO ONE WOULD HIRE ME due to my MEDICAL condition, this includes Laundry mats. What a joke our system is that allows someone to deny your ENTITLEMENT that i paid into for 31 years. Now i will have to apply for government assistance to feed my family, and i am now a tax burden instead of a consumer, thanks for treating me like a 16 year old kid. yes its being appealed by a new more competent attorney, that said he couldn't believe i didn't receive my disability with all my medical records, and the Attorney said these judges deny cases to help their career. Hope you sleep well at night ruining peoples lives !@


Judge: Denise M Martin
5/18/2012 9:27:45 AM



Its wrong that you denied us and sent the papers to the wrong address. I have children to feed and I see that you are not concerned about our needs. I hope you sleep good at night after an unfavorable decision with all of the medical evidence and testimonies. Thanks for nothing

Broke with bad back
Judge: Anne Sharrard
5/15/2012 3:20:28 PM



The lowest rated Judge on approving disability cases. Nice Judge, however could care less if you are disabled. After back surgery in 2009 & 1 year of physical therapy, several back surgeons expert medical opinion saying due to the PERMANENT medical limitations i could not do substantial work. Judge Sharrard gave me a unfavorable decision. stating with the limitations i could perform work such as a " CASHIER ".. I worked as a level 1 mechanic & skilled worker for 30 years. Judge has no compassion for the little people. I would recommend to anyone to find a Judge that would give you a fair chance at your entitlement. Anne Sharrard did not do that for me. I checked her approved cases, and they were the lowest of all judges. Maybe if true justice is served then someday she will get a back injury as i have, and live with the pain everyday as i do !


Judge: Anne Sharrard
5/11/2012 12:16:06 PM



Nice Judge, Denied my benefits. Several Doctors said i could not work or do any substantial work, can't drive, and on pain medication. I very seldom leave my home due to my medical condition. Doesn't seem to matter what the facts are, Judge Sharrard gave minimal explanation why my decision was unfavorable. I met all the conditions for disability, but did not matter. Thanks Judge Sharrard for leaving me with NOTHING ! my wife and kids would like to thank you. I can only hope someday you can feel the pain I have everyday, and some insurance company rules against you.

Unemployed Inured worker
Judge: Anne Sharrard
5/10/2012 8:58:50 AM



I had this Judge & seemed very pleasant, She treated me nice in my hearing, but allowed a doctor ( LUNG SPECIALIST ) to comment on my spinal injury for several minutes. I have been diagnosed with severe spinal problems by more than 4 Doctors. Each Doctor stated I could not do any substantial work due to my medical condition. I take several medications that would prevent me from working or making rational decisions. Judge Sharrard ruled ( UNFAVORABLE ) in my disability case. Her ruling was I could work as a cashier. This is what I got after several years as a Coal Miner. I have problems getting around, have fell down due to my medical condition. I thought Social Security was for people that become injured and can not work. I haven't worked in 4 years because I CANT !...I wonder if these judges realize or even care about an individual. I paid taxes for 30 years and by the way where are the cashier jobs at that follow all my doctors restrictions...Thank you God all might Judge Sharrard...hope you meet KARMA someday !


Judge: Curt Marceille
4/24/2012 8:30:28 PM



This judge is tough, knowledgeable, and fair. He's now at the Chicago National Hearing Center.


Judge: Theodore W Grippo
4/18/2012 9:28:21 PM



I live in Ohio & I had Judge Grippo for my video hearing. I was having a bad day on the day of my Hearing & therefor he ruled that my testomony was not "creditible" because it was "vague"! He also decided to ignore my Dr's report & my limitations, & instead he valued the report of the Dr that SS had sent me to! My attorney & I both agreed that some of his questions were totally out of line!!! He nit-picked my case to death, ignoring all suporting evidence & his decision of denial was extreamly prejudice!! I am very close to lossing everything including what is left of my mind!! This prejudice man has no compassion or empathy and should not be allowed to be a Judge!!!


Judge: Mary Ann Poulose
3/20/2012 10:33:22 AM



She is much more prone to deny in spite of good medical evidence. She makes a habit of dismissing treating source opinions even when they match the evidence as a whole.


Judge: Theodore W Grippo
3/10/2012 1:58:52 PM



He didn't even listen to me or the there witness the vocational expect who said with my limitations that there was no work that I could do.So here I sit trying to figure out do we live in the apt. and let the car go or let them evict us and live in the car. THANKS JUDGE