Valparaiso In, Indiana ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Valparaiso In, Indiana, 11 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Valparaiso In, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 13.0 months. The average case processing time in Valparaiso In is 405 days.The Valparaiso In average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 47%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Valparaiso In ODAR office was last updated on 8/7/2014.

SSA, Valparaiso In ODAR Office
1250 Eastport Centre Drive
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
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Phone: (866) 873-1269 -- Fax: (219) 476-1234
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OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Valparaiso In 11 13.0 months 405 days 2.3 14% 47% 40%
Indiana11.5 months390 days2.114%45%41%
National Average:12.4 months402 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 13.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.32
Average Processing Time 405 days
Cases Pending 6217
Dispositions 2867
New Cases 2342
Hearings In Person 57%
Video Hearings 43%

Comments about Judges at the Valparaiso In Indiana ODAR office:

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Judge: Mark Naggi
Date Posted: 9/9/2014 11:35:19 AM
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At my hearing Judge Naggi did not seem to have any agenda other than determining a fair ruling. He displayed great patience in trying to sort through some issues with my confusing medical records, was considerate, and while I don't know yet the final outcome, I am confident by his professionalism and demeanor that he will make his ruling based on what he believes is fair and just.

Judge: Melody Paige
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 9:34:25 AM
Submited By: Camille



I had commented earlier about Ms. Paige and my comments were accidently deleted. Here is everything. SS needs to check backgrounds of judges like Melody Paige. She has been accused of racial bias, not following law, ignoring medical evidence, manufacturing medical evidence etc…. In my case she used knowledge of my other condition to deny my claim although that was not part of my claim. She wrote her opinion using things not presented into evidence. The fact that I am a black Jew was brought up at trial. I saw the sneer on her face. What does my being Jewish have to do with the trial? She insulted my black husband who had nothing to do with the case. He was there only to support me, his wife. He was sitting quietly in the last row in her courtroom and she went out of her way to address him and insult him, I was in shock. She wrote things in her opinion that my doctors never said and were not verified. I had reached an out of court settlement with GM. Melody Paige destroyed it. Before Ms. Paige came to SS she was a Workers Comp judge for almost two decades and seemed to do as she pleased. SS awarded me benefits on the same claim Melody twisted. Little of the original claim made it in her opinion and what did, she completely twisted. I have proof of her lies. I have copies of everything the court has. I have written a book. Inside my book, I’m going to put in the original documents presented to the court and then place Ms. Paige’s written opinions next to them. She allegedly contracted a serious disease herself. I know my case was postponed because of her getting sick from something. I hope the medicine she has taken has not affected her brain while rendering decisions. Sorry she has a disease but she is affecting other people’s lives. Shortly after she arrived at SS someone tried to get my case reviewed and possibly take away my benefits. I believe she had something to do with it. She seemed to have a need to hurt me. I feel for any minority that gets her as their judge. Thank goodness she is not the final judge. Ms. Paige gave me a lot of stress and I can prove she’s a liar.

Judge: Kim L Bright
Date Posted: 8/19/2014 8:11:22 AM
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She is a fair Judge, very polite. Still waiting on decision.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 7/17/2014 11:02:41 PM
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I've never met a judge or public servant as rude as him in my life. The vocational expert listed all the jobs that i was qualified for with the medical conditions that i have. i responded back with; "How many of those jobs am i qualified to perform while taking the medications that i take daily which are lyrica, flexeril, percocet, elavil, TOPOMAX, AND WARFARIN. MY PAIN MANAGEMENT AND ORTHOPEDIC DOCTORS WANT ME TO BE ON DISABILITY BUT, AFTER MY BLOOD CLOTTING PROBLEMS EVENED OUT MY HEMATOLOGIST WROTE IN MY MEDICAL RECORDS, "MAY RESUME NORMAL WORK AND HOME ACTIVITIES. REFER TO OTHER TREATING PHYSICIANS FOR FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS." THIS DOOR KNOB OF A JOB QUOTES THE HEMATOLOGY REPORT AND SAYS TO ME; "tHIS PERSON IS A DOCTOR, AND SHE SAYS; "YOU CAN RETURN TO WORK!" I TOLD HIM; "MY DENTIST IS CONSIDERED A DOCTOR, AND MY SON'S PEDIATRICIAN IS CONSIDERED A DOCTOR. MY OPTOMETRIST WHO OPERATED ON MY EYE WHICH IS BLIND FROM ACCIDENT, WHO THE STATE SAYS IT ISN'T BLIND IS A DOCTOR, HOWEVER IF I WAS GOING TO HAVE A HEART OR LIVER TRANSPLANT, I WOULDN'T WANT NONE OF THE 3 DOING THE PROCEDURE, AND I DOUBT YOU WOULD EITHER. WHEN I PULLED OUT THE MEDICATIONS AND LAID THEM ON THE TABLE, ALONG WITH THE SIDE EFFECTS AND WARNINGS, AND THEN ASKED THE VOCATIONAL EXPERT WHAT JOBS I COULD PERFORM WHILE TAKING THOSE MEDICATIONS 3 AND SOME 4 TIMES A DAY, SHE SAID THE JOBS AVAILABLE ARE ZERO. MY APPEAL WAS HEARD IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST MARCH. I WAS TOLD I WOULD GET THE RESULTS OF MY APPEAL IN 30-40 DAYS. I'M STILL WAITING AND IT'S THE END OF JULY.

Judge: Mark Naggi
Date Posted: 6/27/2014 1:22:40 PM
Submited By: jason dodson



Thank You! for the favorable decision. Very kind judge. was very kind and the hearing was professional. I was scared going in but He made it pleasant. I'm glad I went in and was honest it paid off.!! don't remember his clerks name...she was pleasent with my many calls. and floyd was extremely nice with all my calls over the months with me bugging him. he made it pleasant also!!!!!

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 11:25:47 AM
Submited By: darold chandler



Judge Kramer was a fair judge. He listened to my case gave time for me and my lawyer to explain my case. he was very pleasant yet stern. I'm just waiting for my decision now.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 4/16/2014 11:52:06 AM
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I received my Letter of Denial from Judge Edward Studzinski, and I found it very unfair that he only used parts of my medical information, and only took parts of my testimony from the hearing, to create his denial decision. I honestly don't know how this is okay for him to do, or allowed. It is not surprising to find out he used to work for Social Security, as an attorney, against people filing for disability.

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 4/15/2014 11:33:29 AM
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I find it suspicious that every time a negative post is made about this judge there is a sweet and flowery rebuttal saying how fair she is. The facts percentages speak for themselves. Her low percentage of approval speaks to the truth. I wouldn't be surprised if the only good comments on here are from the judge herself. Definitely a nice but unfair judge!

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 4/12/2014 8:55:54 AM
Submited By: busy bee



I regularly appear before this judge - i think she is fair and courteous - she let me present my client's case thoroughly. Unlike the post on 4/5/14, her demeanor shows that she's been a judge for a while - she controls her hearing room well. I thought she had a good grasp of my clients' medical records and the law. You'll get a fair hearing with her.

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 4/5/2014 11:51:57 AM
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Judge Zamora was very nice and polite. She was very respectful to all in the court room. That being said, I do not feel she is a very good judge. The reasons she stated for denying me have me completely shocked. She only used parts of my medical history, and only took parts of my testimony from the hearing. The first time I was denied before the hearing, SS said that after I went to their own doctors, I could no longer do my old job because of my pain and limitations. But because I was too young according to them, I could find something else to do. After going to the hearing, Judge Zamora says I can do my past work and had the nerve to suggest that although she could not prove it, she thinks I FORCED my doctor to fill out my RFC report to say I was disabled. She would not use any of his medical records or opinions, nor the doctors that SS sent me to. She listed a denial because I missed one of my doctor appointments due to a lapse in my insurance. She also denied me because I have 3 children I take care of. I told her at the hearing that all my children take care of themselves and help take care of me! Two of them in college and one in highschool! UNBELIEVABLE! The vocational expert said there were no jobs I could do with my RFC or do my past work at the hearing and she said in the denial letter that he said I could do my past work. The list of reasons for the denial went on and on! She asked if I cook. I told her yes, but only sometimes and when I do it takes a very long time and I have to take breaks in between and have help. She denied me because she said I do chores. Like I said, she was very nice at the hearing, but she doesn't know how to be an ALJ!

Judge: Laurel J Greene
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 8:03:01 PM
Submited By: Case Approved



Judge Greene is a wonderful person with a kind soul, and a very broad knowledge of what it means for her clients to be disabled. She listens with informed interest to every word the disabled applicant has to say, an gives the truth the weight it deserves. She is soft-spoken, but very professional, and is not afraid to break protocol once in a while to answer a question or allow the applicant to make a statement if it is pertinent to the facts at hand. She is the best of the best, and if you are lucky enough to have your case heard by her, tell your story, be truthful and listen to your counsel. Don't be freaked out by the vocational expert's testimony about the hypotheticals, as Judge Greene understands everything about your claim before the hearing, and as long as there are no contradictions in your testimony, she will give it equal weight and perhaps rule in your favor. Biggest suggestion? TELL THE TRUTH, look her in the eye when speaking to her because she has earned the respect of the position as your ALJ. If you have a valid case, you will be taken care of in a very timely manner. Just do not confuse her kindness for weakness. She is a very strong and informed judge, who understands the pain you are in. No need to put on a "show" or try to fake restraint when you feel pain. Be yourself. When you first speak with Judge Greene, all your stress will melt away and the rest takes care of itself. Judge Greene is a kind, decent and wonderful soul.

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 8:14:47 AM
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I felt that I needed to respond to the post dated 3/31/14 regarding Judge Zamora. I felt that she was very fair at my hearing. She asked questions and listened to my responses. She was polite and professional. When I received her decision in the mail it was obvious she was very thorough. She referenced the various "exhibits" (documents) that had been submitted so she had taken the time to review all of the information pertaining to my case. We may not always agree with the decisions the judges make. All we can ask is that they take the time to look at everything that is presented and make an informed decision. I believe Judge Zamora did exactly that. At the conclusion of my hearing Judge Zamora said I would receive her decision within 60 days. I received the Notice of Decision in less than a month.

Judge: Christa Zamora
Date Posted: 3/31/2014 12:18:07 PM
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This judge is a complete airhead!!! She does not know this area of law very well at all. She is a new judge who clearly does not get it. It is clear her goal is to deny as many people as she can without knowing the facts. She does not know how to way medical opinions and she fails to even utilize evidence that demonstrates disability from the State's own doctors. I feel sorry for all disabled Americans stuck with this person as a judge!

Judge: Mario G Silva
Date Posted: 3/11/2014 12:19:48 PM
Submited By: Teraysa J L



I got denied because he could not read my doctor's hand wrighting and because I can also retained eye to eye contact with all of my medical personal staff just because your looking at someone doesn't mean your are retaining the information, and all doctor's say that anyways even if it's not true and missed doctor's appointments maybe I have a valid reason for missing them, he didn't even mention anything about my degenerative lumbar stenosis back issues in the denial letter I am NOT allowed to lift anything over 15 pounds. And I have to have another surgery on my back, every job I have applied to I they want you to be able to lift at least 30 to 35 pounds and as soon as I told them that I could not lift that they told me there's no reason to hire you, and I also have bipolar disorder high anxiety and just because I retain a driver's license I was also denied there are people out there with no limbs at all that received Social Security supplement and drive a vehicle also, this was not a very fair decision at all and I am also taking this to the appeals Council I got my denial letter on the 6th day of this month, and I aso feel that the man that does the job things at the hearing was so not impartial to me because the state of Indiana was paying him for his services, I have other issues also I'm not trying to collect free money I cannot honestly work, I also probably got denied due to the fact that I did not have a lawyer but I'm hard headed stubborn and I like to try to do things on my own, :\ I don't think your decision was very fair or just on my behalf,

Judge: Jonathan Stanley
Date Posted: 3/11/2014 11:58:21 AM
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Three long years of fighting thank you sir for your decision.no complaint here he was excellent

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 3/6/2014 12:56:46 PM
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This guy is so rude. Love the hoop earring too! smh This guy should not be a judge. He acts like he has a chip on his shoulders. He interrupted every single person in the room and spoke to the claimant as if he were lying or on trial. Even our rep was shocked! This is a SSDI hearing and SHOULD NOT be adversarial! This judge was unbelievable. Someone should sue him. This hearing was awful.

Judge: David Skidmore
Date Posted: 2/7/2014 6:38:11 PM
Submited By: Janice Alonso



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: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 1/23/2014 12:49:33 PM
Submited By: Tracey



This judge really needs to be investigated he has a hundred percent denial rating and treats individuals like criminals... my girlfriend had this man she said he was very rude and inconsiderate... he would let her or her attorney finish their sentences he would interrupt them... people with disabilities are not criminals one day you'll be disabled and I hope you get treated like your criminal judge or one of your other family members get treated that way... shame on you... for how you treat other's this man needs to be remove from his set...

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
Date Posted: 11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM
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i am just sicken to be denied again. i worked hard in my young yrs and now that im sick i have to beg to be approved what i have paid into.

Judge: Mark Naggi
Date Posted: 8/15/2013 4:40:06 PM
Submited By: Jennifer Croy



He was a great considerate kind judge when asking me questions and I felt he was through and understanding my case, I would recommend him to any one filing for disability for physical or mental conditions. He also waited on my attorney closing statement with consideration for my case.

Judge: Melody Paige
Date Posted: 8/13/2013 11:23:28 AM
Submited By: Marie



I went before this Judge & who I've learned she is also a Registered Nurse. She seemed to be very unhappy & on the defense. The few questions that she asked me was not pertaining to my health issues that limit me from working. She ask why I had not considered back surgery...."really?" I too being a nurse, that can make a decent income & survive, why would I not want to work? I've even tried to work a job making 3 times less than what i could normally make. I think her decision was actually made before I even went before her. My Attorney is well known, but did not intervene on any statement she made, also as if he was intimindated by her. Everything routine with these cases. It's so unfair. There are of course so many people that abuse the siystem; but God help those of us who are just thrown in the same corner with those people without a fair view of our health issues. I'm suffering physically, mentally & financially. With 2 denials. What else is left other than....."What, take more pills?" The Bible says that we should all be FAIR & JUST in our dealings. This Judge will reap every unfair case she decided. Why educate yourself only to hurt people & cause them more suffering.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 8/10/2013 4:19:26 PM
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I haven't gotten the decision from him yet, but if the hearing is any indicator, it will be a denial. This man treats you like you are on trial for a crime rather than seeking help. He was outright rude to my attorney. If I get approved for this I will be shocked. But, it ain't over til it's over. He may surprise me yet...

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 6/26/2013 2:16:24 PM
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Why is this guy still a judge? He is rude, crude, biased and acts like the claimant is a criminal. Why hasn't anyone sued for this? We should all get together.

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
Date Posted: 6/12/2013 6:31:48 AM
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He seemed very fair. He wasn't rude, very respectful. asked numerous question, listened to all evidence. I don't know my out come. It will be mailed

Judge: Patrick J Rhoa
Date Posted: 5/24/2013 5:39:25 PM
Submited By: Karen



Judge Rhoa was very caring and compassionate. He treated me with the utmost respect. Thank you sir!

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
Date Posted: 5/24/2013 10:55:49 AM
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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: Melody Paige
Date Posted: 5/2/2013 11:44:27 AM
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She is definitely rude and disrespecful to my African American clients. She implies they are lying and her demeanor is one of superiority and distrust. Its too bad we have someone like that hearing disability cases. She forgets these claimant's are not criminals.

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
Date Posted: 4/27/2013 10:17:12 PM
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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: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 9:32:33 PM
Submited By: vance adams



I have found through personal interaction that Judge S oandra R DiMaggio Wallis is a consummate professional who engages claimants with an object and open mindset. It is my hope that she continue to facilitate her duties with the application of knowledge and the faculty of wisdom with which she has received from our Most High God.

Judge: David R Bruce
Date Posted: 4/16/2013 10:02:52 AM
Submited By: Attorney



He is very nice but do not let that fool you. He uses VE typically asks decent hypo's but really asks lengthy questions take notes make sure he did not leave anything out as his questions will take a better part of 45 minutes and you get kind of bogged down.

Judge: Kim L Bright
Date Posted: 4/14/2013 6:31:50 PM
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Very fair and polite judge. Professional, respectful manners.

Judge: Romona Scales
Date Posted: 4/9/2013 5:29:14 PM
Submited By: Attorney



Had 4 hearings with this judge, she asks hypotheticals that all over the place. Asked about 7 different hypos on each hearing. Hard to tell how she will rule. Asks a lot of questions herself, lets attorney have 15 minutes to discuss the medical conditions and limitations.

Judge: Angelita Hamilton
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 2:50:19 PM
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Clueless

Judge: Mario G Silva
Date Posted: 3/26/2013 9:25:42 AM
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I would just like to thank Judge Silva for making me feel comfortable in what has been a long and trying experience.

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
Date Posted: 3/21/2013 8:28:40 PM
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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: Mario G Silva
Date Posted: 3/2/2013 10:44:28 AM
Submited By: ATV



This judge asks very limited preliminary questions; questions atty about: 1. Client meeting or equaling a listing 2. severe impairments that do not meet or equal a listing 3. looks through every page of exhibits and if they are not your clients better be ready to strike them 4. asks random surprise questions (sorry cant be more detailed than that i.e. he asked me why on an RFC submitted by clients doctor would he say the noise level should not be more than moderate and THEN asked me to piont out medical records that would substantiate that conclusion) Really nice guy really pleasant in hearings but they last a very long time

Judge: William E Sampson
Date Posted: 3/2/2013 10:43:28 AM
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Very nice judge! New and younger. He will ask for a brief summary of severe impairments and argument at beginning of hearing, then he will ask most questions. Had five hearings with him today, two he told me on the record he found FF per GRID. Two of the others went very and he didn't even go to the VE, but didn't say OTR that he was granting, but should be FF. Seems like a very favorable judge, and pleasant to claimant and attorney.

Judge: William E Sampson
Date Posted: 3/2/2013 10:43:05 AM
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Nice judge, asks for opening/theory of case naming severe impairments. Seems open to award if you have a good case. If you need to amend your AOD do so right a way and normally he will go with it. Very favorable if you have grid application. I had some weak cases with him, but awarded the 2 good ones I had.

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
Date Posted: 2/28/2013 9:56:20 AM
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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: Mario G Silva
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 1:43:10 PM
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I read comments about all these judges and wheather I win my cas or not, Judge silva Listened to my answers made sure he covered all bases of my disability and was not rude in anyway he was very professional

Judge: Jonathan Stanley
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 9:02:45 PM
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31 years of hard work then not able to work.Only to have to fight till your life and everyone in the households is in shambles. Then if you win out this alj will get personal and start picking. You or your attorney will be given no credit for testimony even when you have to take an oath. So if you have been a hard working tax paying decent citizen all of your life then this is what to expect.

Judge: John P Giannikas
Date Posted: 11/26/2012 3:51:08 PM
Submited By: Nancy



Judge Giannikas spent a lot of time listening. I had to return after the first hearing for a supplemental hearing. He changed my onset date twice but ruled in my favor. After reading the negative comments about several of the judges in Valparaiso, I think I was fortunate to have my case reviewed by someone who was paying attention.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 10/1/2012 9:20:45 AM
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as an attorney who has been in front of him, i have to agree that he spends a lot of time letting you know he needs to be shown evidence on every little point. he treats everyone with little respect (by talking over attorneys and claimants to make any point he thinks is important and questioning claimants as if they are all liars) and clearly looks for any reason to give everyone a hard time. he questions treating source opinions as if the doctors will just say anything to help a claimant.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 9:14:18 PM
Submited By: elizabeth bissonette



Ive never seen a Dr. Lee in my life. Badmouthing the states own doctor REPEATEDLY throughout the entire 15 pages, quite a charm. I have visited this page NUMEROUS times because I am besides myself with misunderstanding of the truth and the LAW. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE............... know justice........... know peace

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 3:42:35 PM
Submited By: elizabeth bissonette



His exact words as described by social securities own medical examiner on line 12 "patient has less than 20 degrees of visual field which meets the ssd definition of legal blindness". I guess a judge, not a doctor let alone the states own medical examiner knows what I can see. Well, he does not. He is not a doctor or a specialist of the eye. I cannot believe this judge is allowed to sit on a bench and make up whatever story he wants about my vision and its allowed. Thats why the state has their own state appointed doctors. So that there can be an accurate and legally binding decision made about blindness. If it were up to the judges to decide without legal decisions from their own doctors it would be a farse like this. This is illegal and it is wrong to make up your own findings and decisions. Thats what medical doctors for the state are here for. To help people like me and keep people that lie from lying.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 3:27:53 PM
Submited By: elizabeth bissonette



On page 13 of 15 Judge Studzinski argued the opinion of "suzanne lee" saying he "thinks my vision is more like 25%I which does not meet ssa guidelines. He didnt bother to look at the signature of the doctor. Jason Brooks is my doctor. I was sent to him by the social security administration. Judge Studzinski is arguing that his own state appointed doctor for the social security administration. He states that the medical examiner for the state of indiana and representing the social security administration is incorrect. How could this be Judge Studinski? And his tests were included in the finding to support this. Those test results were in your opinion not satisfactory as commented at my hearing. Well, why do they have tests for blindness then? Why does the state of indiana employee state appointed doctors to tell social security the truth. Like I said, he wants to go above a medical experts decisionand create his own. What has happened to me is a tradegy and a disgrace. I hope this never happens to anyone else with this condition in any other state, by any other Judge.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 8/24/2012 11:20:22 AM
Submited By: elizabeth bissonette



This is a continuation of my previous post. I was denied social security by judge studzinski on august 20th and today august 24th i recieved a letter from medicaid applied on june of 2012the saying I am eligible for medicaid for the BLIND starting september 1st 2012.This judge is not only less than zero he is bias, discriminatory, and sick. I am going BLIND for Gods sake and this man has the lowest respect I have ever had for another human being. If I can I am filing charges against him in Hammond federal court. This is a discrace against the needy and the blind and he should be made accountable for my poverty hunger and confinement to my house. I cant go get help from the guild for the blind, no, he said I should return to work. And p.s. the medicaid people said it was doctor jason brooks, social securities own doctor for the state of indiana that signed my papers for the blind and p.s.s attorney tom scully is the worst lawyer ive ever witnessed. I have never heard or seen such an unproffesional, missing half my documents, unprepared loser in my life. I am ashamed of the law that represented me and i am even more ashamed of judge studzinski.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 8/23/2012 12:41:42 AM
Submited By: elizabeth bissonette



Well I would have to give him less than zero. I am going blind due to an inherited eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. I have no periphreal vision left, I cannot see outside of the rim of my water glass. I have fallen down a flight of stairs leaving me with 2a bulges in my vertebrae, I was told by the state medical eye examiner that I am legally blind and am not allowed to drive. The depression from going blind is too much to bear, I cry almost every day. First my eyes are failing now I cant drive. I am a genetic defect and it is not my fault. This disease affects only. 05% of the entire world and there is no cure. It leads to complete tunnel vision, where you can only see through a hole, and then it leads to complete blindness. I waited 22before months in agony, hungry, worried,terrified because I cannot get the help I need, and then a denial by judge studzinski. I need more than anything to go to the guild for the blind in chicago where I was invited to learn braille and mobility training and join a support group. I am so mentally unstable with depression I cannot express my agony in words. There are no words to describe my fear. I have been dealing with the loss of vision since 2006. It is so far gone now that I am afraid I wont get the help I need when I go blind. I am terrified I wont be prepared. I dont know if I can make it as a blind person at all. I can thank judge studzinski for making my life worse than it has ever been. Close your eyes for an entire day and imagine being blind. I would rather be in a wheel chair with no arms or legs.I cry all day and it hurts so bad that noone will help someone going blind.

Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
Date Posted: 7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM
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DOES NOT FOLLOW THE LAW

Judge: Henry Kramzyk
Date Posted: 6/16/2012 10:46:43 PM
Submited By: Harold Morgan



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

Judge: David R Bruce
Date Posted: 4/3/2012 2:36:18 PM
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This judge is well prepared and is very patient and a good listener. You are lucky if you get Judge Bruce to hear your case.

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
Date Posted: 3/21/2012 7:22:52 AM
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I agree with the other comments. While his hearings sometimes run over, he is thorough and thoughtful. He brings in both a vocational expert and medical expert and his medical experts are thorough, as well. He does appreciate and reviews memos prepared by the attorneys in advance of the hearing.

Judge: Edward P Studzinski
Date Posted: 3/21/2012 7:10:55 AM
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Judge has one of the highest denial rates in this office. Even though these hearings are non-adversarial, he conducts hearings as if claimants are on trial. One can tell he has already made up his mind before the hearing. Not surprising when you research his background -- he use to be the Attorney for the Office of General Counsel, Social Security Administration (in other words, he argued on behalf of SSA when claimants appealed their decision to the federal court). When giving hypotheticals to vocational experts, he conveniently leaves out key limitations. In short, go in planning to appeal -- therefore, make the record clear, object, and cross-examine witnesses so you can have appealable issues.

Judge: Melody Paige
Date Posted: 3/20/2012 9:44:20 PM
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If you get this judge, she is very rude and, she knows nothing about mental illness and or any other disability. She should be disbarred from her position. Because when I got my denial notice I tried to commit suicide. This woman is no judge with a degree to be able to make a correct diagnosis, which should be left with the 5 doctors I had, based on my disability. When I looked at her record before her denials were 50 and approvals were 50, so you’re just a number to her. She sent the denial and you could tell she never read any of the medical documents from several doctors including the ones that she sent me to. Thanks to her my health is much worse; I hope she can live with herself. She doesn’t read them, her staff does, but she makes the denials. Very poor excuse for a Judge!

Judge: Dennis R Kramer
Date Posted: 3/15/2012 11:27:08 AM
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Judge Kramer is very thorough and conscientious. You are well served if you are fortunate enough to have him as a judge.