Charleston Sc, South Carolina ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Charleston Sc, South Carolina, 10 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Charleston Sc, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Charleston Sc is 431 days.The Charleston Sc average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 42%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Charleston Sc ODAR office was last updated on 7/9/2014.

SSA, Charleston Sc ODAR Office
3875 Faber Place Drive, Suite 300
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
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Phone: (843) 727-4511 -- Fax: (843) 727-4034
eFile Fax: 877-470-5098 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Charleston Sc 10 14.0 months 431 days 2.2 16% 42% 42%
South Carolina14.8 months471 days2.115%47%38%
National Average:12.3 months400 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 14.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.16
Average Processing Time 431 days
Cases Pending 6940
Dispositions 3592
New Cases 4574
Hearings In Person 70%
Video Hearings 30%

Comments about Judges at the Charleston Sc South Carolina ODAR office:

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Judge: James H Scott
Date Posted: 7/31/2014 3:03:13 PM
Submited By: Jerry



Judge Scott was a blessing for me. He was professional, let my attorney handle all the questions which took about 5 minutes. The whole hearing took about 15 minutes. When the hearing was over he informed me and my lawyer that he was finding in my favor with only a modification to my date of the disability. This was agreed to by me and my lawyer and the judge at the beginning of the hearing

Judge: Marcus Christ
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 10:50:28 PM
Submited By: So discouraged, dont know what else to do



I had my case before judge Christ on February 2014... As with anyone I was nervous and very stressed from the process... I felt that my case was treated unfair because though I only have a temporary handicap placard I have days that I experience severe pain... I have several different specialist that I see and im on at least 10 to 15 meds, yet I was denied for benefits... I swell, I drop things, I get nervous and uneasy around people sometimes... I have ibs, fibromylagia, asthma, endometriosis, bipolar disorder, migraines, insomia, dizzy spells... Im sure its not considered disability because its not shown on the outside, but I have visual photos and have had different procedures done due to my illness and still receiving ongoing treatment... Why is it hard for those who have paid into social security so difficult to get whats due to them when they have medical issues... Doctors dont prescribe meds to those whom are well and I wouldnt have to be seen by doctors and specialist for nothing... Now, I understand why a lot of people be depressed and cant survive... Our rights are being stripped by the government.... Its embarrassing when u cant feel comfortable out in public and live a normal everyday life...

Judge: Edward T Morriss
Date Posted: 2/24/2014 1:57:58 PM
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I had a hearing with this judge in October. It is now almost March. Only one action has been taken on my case. I was informed by SSA that he has 6 months to make a decision. It seems as though he is going to take every moment of that time to make a decision. If you happen to read this Judge Morriss, you should consider that citizens (you know..the people who worked and paid taxes?) can't sustain years without income. The time you take to deny far more claims than you approve can leave people homeless, and penniless. I understand that you must consider all arguments, but these delays are cruel and damaging to families. All I can say is that while I found you to be polite and professional, your lengthy decision making process is unfair. If you believe that every disabled person should wait this long after an already long hearing process, you do not have our interests at heart. While you collect a paycheck, some of us are struggling to feed our families. I worked for this insurance. I got hurt. I didn't ask for this. I am sure that I will not be one of the few that you feel qualifies for the insurance I paid into because I had the misfortune of being randomly assigned to your docket. All I can say is that I hope you are a better person in the real world than you are within ODAR. I will appeal my case to next level, and it will be overturned or I will file a new claim and hope that I get a judge who realizes that those cases stacking up in front of them represent real people who need their cases heard and answered. God bless you, Judge Morriss. Everyone has to answer to someone for their indifference and hatred for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Judge: James H Scott
Date Posted: 1/30/2014 10:24:41 AM
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Although the total hearing time took about 15 mins. and we barely had any time to talk, I felt that judge Scott was a compassionate judge with a clear understanding of suffering. We haven't gotten a decision yet but he made it sound fairly certain that we would be approved. Wish our lawyer was as outstanding as this man. Shes a total nut case.

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
Date Posted: 1/27/2014 4:01:15 PM
Submited By: Representative



This ALJ is the rudest and most malicious I have encountered. I gather he has never experienced any personal hardship because he appears incapable of relating to people in need. He appears to think that he is personally responsible for protecting the government against the 47%, and in achieving this mission, he operates from a position of total distrust of the claimant. I'm told that this guy is an instructor for other ALJs. If that's true, God help us all.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 12/20/2013 9:52:47 AM
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She is very rude and asks bizarre questions of the Claimant as well as the Rep. To the person who rhetorically asked "is she supposed to be Mary Poppins?" No, but one would expect that she could simply treat the people in her presence as human beings as opposed to complete scum not worth her precious time. Many, many other ALJs seem to have no problem just doing that.

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 12/5/2013 6:55:02 PM
Submited By: Ashley D. Lloyd



I received my hearing date letter in the mail today. I am very hopeful. I probably should not have read these reviews because they are frightening. I will have judge Sweeda and I have read both good and bad reviews. He has one of the highest denial rates listed on this page however I feel if I am truthful and show him how my RA really affects my life that he will approve my case. I was born with this disease and always said I would never go on disability but that is not always was God has planned for us I guess. Good Luck to those of you going through the same things and I pray that Judge Sweeda truly hears me and is understanding. I am nervous but ready to speak my case and hope for the best.

Judge: Nicole S Forbes-Schmitt
Date Posted: 10/14/2013 4:04:58 AM
Submited By: Karen



I had my disability hearing in May 2013 with Judge Nicole S Forbes Schmitt. I have to admit that I was very nervous about the hearing, but I think most of my nervousness came from the fact I had viewed this site several times before my hearing. I think reading all the angry and upset comments made it difficult to have a positive outlook. I do understand that this disability process is dragged out too long and can be very frustrating. The fact that I went for TWO YEARS without any type of income caused me a great deal of stress. I was found disabled by Judge Forbes-Schmitt. She was very business-like and detail-oriented but still came across as kind and caring. I was pleasantly surprised after reading the majority of comments on this site which truthfully had me scared to death! If you have a hearing coming up, take my advice and stop reading these posts now! The best thing you can do is make sure you submit all your medical info like xrays, test results and doctors notes. Make sure you get a Disability Lawyer to represent you...don't go into a hearing alone. When the Judge asks you a question, be sure to answer only what you are asked(don't trail off-it might get you in trouble!) and always be truthful. I wish you all the best of luck. (and I hope you are scheduled with Judge Nicole S Forbes Schmitt!)

Judge: Regina L Warren
Date Posted: 10/5/2013 12:12:59 AM
Submited By: kathy mcgee



SHe is great & was very nice

Judge: Edward T Morriss
Date Posted: 9/24/2013 1:29:50 PM
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I just found out that Judge Morriss is going to be my ALJ. Looking at his statistics, I am wondering if I should even bother going. My disability has been life changing for my whole family, but I now doubt that I am going to see a dime of the money I worked to pay into the system that is supposed to protect me should I become disabled. His approval rating is 16% less than ALL ALJ's in his office. That to me sounds like he is more likely to deny cases that other judges would approve. I sincerely hope that I receive a fair chance at trial, but I have my doubts. There are no other comments here regarding this judge, but I am preparing for what will most likely be a loss. I did find out that judges review the case before the cases are scheduled to determine if there is enough evidence to make a favorable decision without a hearing. If the case is reviewed prior to scheduling, why would the outcome be any different 30 days later? It would seem any judge has already made up their mind before going to hearing. That borders on prejudice if you ask me. I hope that I am wrong about this judge and his record. I hope that I am the 1 in 4 that wins. If not, I have no idea how we are going to make it. I worked for this insurance, it was not handed to me/

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
Date Posted: 9/18/2013 6:21:18 AM
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I don't know why everyone is putting Judge Henderson down. I found him to be a very reasonable, fair and just Judge. If you appear before him and you're honest and don't have an attitude, he will treat you fairly. So many people appear before judges and act like they are owed something! And far too many people just plain out lie to judges! These people just don't seem to understand that the judges are well-educated, professional people who have had a lot of experience with people lying to them.

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
Date Posted: 8/23/2013 6:50:27 AM
Submited By: clyde jones



judge Wilson is very rude and unfair he needs to remember he is a small time judge not a doctor - he denied my claim mainly because I had went on a vacation the year before - I did not know people with a disability were not allowed to go on a vacation - I worked in the construction field for over 30 years as a brick mason my back is shot - I do not wish the pain I have on anyone but if Wilson could have him some of it for a few days maybe he would be more understanding and a better judge

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 4/17/2013 6:41:36 AM
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Slight correction, that should read “not entirely credible” on mine, but substantially the same as BJORNSON v. ASTRUE on which the ALJ decision was reversed.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 4/17/2013 6:30:27 AM
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My denial contained the following words. Google these words and read the first link. “After careful consideration of the evidence, the undersigned finds that the claimant's medically determinable impairments would reasonably be expected to cause the alleged symptoms; however, the claimant's statements concerning the intensity, persistence and limiting effects of these symptoms are not credible...” As the Court noted, it has previously criticized this "template" language - provided by the SSA to its judges to insert into their decisions - as "meaningless boilerplate."

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 1:27:48 PM
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It would be nice of Judge Wilson to keep an open mind instead of trying to look for any reason to deny a case. Obviously these cases are borderline cases and all have positives and negatives. Keep in mind the standard of review.

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
Date Posted: 4/12/2013 10:35:53 AM
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Very rude and disrespectful. This guy needs to be reminded what the real world is like. He's a complete drain on the tax payers.

Judge: Regina L Warren
Date Posted: 4/10/2013 4:09:49 PM
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Cold and lacking in any apparent human empathy in the face of claimnts who are really hurting.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 4/10/2013 7:11:50 AM
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Appeals Council and judge Hamel both in Falls Church VA office. How convenient. Prove to me this isn't a rubber stamped back patting decision already set up and predetermined. Are those on the Appeals Council thinking independently are are you good old boy go along with the flow until you reach retirement types? I'll be watching that very closely and not afraid to write my Senators and anyone else who might be interested

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 3/26/2013 10:06:13 AM
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Alleged judge (liar) Gregory M. Hamel writes in regards to the SSDI doctor “the stress test was inconclusive” The report actually reads “The stress test done today was inconclusive. Because of continuing symptoms of chest pain, he should have repeat catheterization” Liar Gregory M. Hamel writes “there is no indication the medications are not working” yet the SSDI doctor wrote “His BP is poorly controlled and he becomes very fatigued easily” It's interesting how LIAR Hamel can read the parts of the doctors report that he uses to deny but for some reason cannot comprehend the parts of the report that support my disability. The entire denial is like that, one lie after the next.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 3/24/2013 8:21:31 PM
Submited By: Don Spriggsdosp



I think that Judge Elmore is on point. So many are complaing about her demeanor. My question is, " Was she suppose to be Mary Poppins? She has a job to do. I am sure she has a heavy case load, Awith many questionable claims. From what I have read here many that have posted seem to be white. And they feel it is a race issue. Tisk tisk I say to you. Then I offer because many of your people denied so many blacks you feel she is doing the same to you. Sad for you. However, Judge Elmore is a bigger person than that.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 3/16/2013 7:52:31 AM
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When you have liars like Gregory M. Hamel, It doesn't make any difference what your doctor says, he will rewrite the reports to read how he want's to support a wrongful denial. ALJ's like Gregory Hamel are nothing more than murderers, they deserve a seat on a new bench named “Old Sparky”.

Judge: Carl B Watson
Date Posted: 3/8/2013 7:11:04 PM
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I had my hearing in front of this judge on 3-7-2013. I was very nervous going in with not knowing what to expect. I read the reviews on this site and was really scared of going in for my hearing. But I have to say that this judge is very respectful. Although I do not know the decision made on my case, I do not think that there is a better judge that you could want. He was very nice, respectful, prepared, and listened to everything my attorney and I had to say.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 3/5/2013 8:27:32 PM
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Alleged judge hamel will quote half of a sentence that appears to support his decision, but if the entire sentence is quoted the result becomes quite the opposite. Obviously has an agenda of denial regardless of the facts on record. Has no credibility and should be removed.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
Date Posted: 3/2/2013 8:37:52 PM
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Why are people like this in this line of work so they can destroy as many peoples lives as possible in the shortest amount of time. He will look for a reason to deny you don't say you can wipe your own butt he will deem you are able to work.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/26/2013 5:32:33 PM
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I Googled the VE before my hearing expecting to find their qualifications. Imagine my horror when I walk into the hearing and find the VE is the same person I found to be known as Inmate #193120. What's even worse is Gregory M. Hamel found the VE credible but said I was not. Judge Hamel and others like him need to be removed from their job before doing further damage to those of us in need who have been denied by this sham of a system.

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM
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This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.

Judge: Augustus C Martin
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 9:24:36 AM
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RIP - Hon Augustus C. Martin departed this earth on Friday, February 15, 2013, after succumbing to injuries sustained in an automobile accident one week earlier. His decisions may not always have been to my liking, but Judge Martin always treated clients and his fellows with respect. He had a good sense of humor and a quick wit, and he will be missed.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/16/2013 2:22:18 PM
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Thanks for nothing judge. I have been suffering 53 years and thought maybe I'll finally get some relief for my ailments and a diagnosis for my neurological issues and perhaps for once have a life or at least less uncertainty and misery as I continue to get worse. I've been borrowing money since my heart attack for medications and to keep my appointments with the cardiologist hoping to pay it back when I'm approved for disability as everyone said I would be. You set out to find discrepancies that do not exist and you rewrote the doctors reports to support your denial while ignoring my doctor. Even the doctors reports SSA sent me to for function report support severe disability yet you think you know better. You aren't fooling me with the way you turned the time line around to read different than the way it was. Apparently peoples lives are a game with you. You think everyone is lying. You should have to go through all the slammed doors we do and be made to see what it's like. What goes so far wrong in a person who is supposed to work for the people and calls themselves judges when in reality they are looking for excuses to sign your death warrant? You judge Hamel have no credibility or reason to be respected by anyone. You blatantly lied on my report. Do you sleep at night knowing you have denied people the very minimal care they deserve and qualify for? Do you even realize how wrong you are or are you so narcissistic you actually believe you're god?

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/15/2013 8:08:59 AM
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I waited 2.5 years for this?! What an obnoxious POS. He shot down my attorney at every turn and when attorney wanted to hold open the record to check on supposed jobs they were denied, yet allowed the VE to ramble on about jobs that weren't even available and I am not anywhere able to do. I can see why they video conference, where I grew up this judge wouldn't have made it out of the parking lot.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/10/2013 7:46:25 AM
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Apparently known as “Death Panel Hamel” I can tell from reading these reviews of various “judges” the real problem in the system is no punitive damages or at least legal rate of interest to be paid if eventually approved. Without punishment for denying legitimate claims and twisting the evidence to fit the way you want, if you are approved eventually all they pay is what you were owed to begin with. I suppose most quit or die before then and SSA think they come out ahead but if the numbers of hours were added up in manpower I doubt they save anything. It's obvious they have a budget of dollars and figure out how many they can approve then wipe the slate clean after they hit that number regardless of legitimacy.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 9:07:56 AM
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Continued from previous post..... Reading the opinion from judge Gregory M. Hamel he claims my physical examination was normal and the treadmill stress test was inconclusive. He then goes on to make it look like it was a separate visit where my blood pressure was noted as high and then I was given medication. He is either wrong or lying because the stress test is what caused the blood pressure rise, it was at the same visit, but judge Hamel tries to make it sound as if the blood pressure issue was just discovered. I was diagnosed much earlier in the hospital ER with high blood pressure and was on blood pressure medication at the time of the stress test, which proves the medication was not working and/or I still had restrictions in my arteries. Yet again, judge Hamel further in on the report writes there is no indication the medications I’m on are not being effective. He also said I “claim” to have pain but take nothing for it, yet in my many filings with SS I mention several times what I take for pain and that it does little good. The entire opinion goes on like that and many other items just as twisted. If anyone at Social Security reads these posts I hope you look into this. I’m in serious need. I assume you want me to die and go away, while I very well could die from lack of medical care, I WILL NOT GO AWAY.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 9:07:10 AM
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I received an unfavorable opinion from judge Hamel as well with similar wording to others, despite two severe impairments even Hamel agrees with (there are others as well). Social Security had sent me to their doctor for evaluation and I told them I would be unsteady and unable to walk a treadmill due to muscle fatigue and muscular skeletal problems along with documented severely restricted arteries. I would be placing myself in danger by attempting it. I also had a pinched nerve in my leg where they had entered my artery for catheterization and I knew this would cause great pain. I was forced and coerced into getting on the treadmill and as soon as it started I told the Dr. I cannot walk this fast and he ignored me, within seconds I was gasping for air, fatigued and was about to fall off at which time the doctor stopped the treadmill. They checked my blood pressure and it was dangerously high, they allowed me to rest and checked again at intervals after and my BP took a long time to come down. The doctor acknowledged my BP rise was severe and said he would note it but call the entire visit inconclusive.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 2:24:51 PM
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Gregory M Hamel. It's obvious by reading his opinions he spins, ignores, or downplays evidence to meet his denial quota. Truly nothing more than a government hit man whose job function is similar to a street level prostitute, the pimp being the Social Security Administration. His facial expressions are so ridiculously phony he shows obvious contempt for people in serious need while signing their death sentence. Judge Gregory M. Hamel represents everything that's wrong with our country, denies legitimate claims, isolated from the real world and telling claimants there are free doctors. I'd love to see these free doctors, I've called every list there is and haven’t found one yet. Not sure if he's that far out of touch or just a plain liar?

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 11:36:02 AM
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I was born with severe neurological muscular problems and have suffered physically my entire life and that has progressed and gotten worse with time. I've been humiliated and called names my entire life because of my weakness, I fight my bodies every move. I grew up very poor and had so little medical attention my problems were never diagnosed and those few medical records are now purged. After reading a pamphlet upon discharge from the hospital for heart attack, I discover I may be eligible for Social Security Disability. All my life I've been discriminated against because of my disability and now I'm told I am not disabled according to some statute. These people don't care if you are disabled or receive help, it's all about how can we hide behind some statute and make the circumstances appear to support denial when the exact opposite is true. There were so many untruths, fabrications, and ignoring of statements its as if the opinion was written without consideration of anything presented. The callous disregard for the truth makes one feel raped. I find Judge Hamel's opinion to be such an outrageous contempt for truth and human decency, I cannot imagine how he dare take money from our government as pay for such blatant disregard for people who are legitimately long suffering as myself.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/6/2013 11:34:56 AM
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Do they teach these judges how to make pained facial expressions as if to express they don't believe you? Hamel was doing that constantly and I found it totally repulsive. I find it amazing he gave my doctor, a Harvard grad who interned at Mass General, a limited weighting because he 'claims' it was not a function by function report and then gives great weight to the State agency (they paid for) who did nothing but ask a few questions and said my blood pressure spiked sky high when I tried to walk on a treadmill. There could be no complete report from the state doctor because basically nothing was done.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/5/2013 9:36:35 AM
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Agree with the previous reviews of judge Gregory Hamel. It's obvious he decides a case outside the facts. He finds more credible any evidence that supports his finding and ignores or misconstrues evidence that does not support his view. When there is nothing to support his view, he makes it up. If one Google's past law suits brought upon the Social Security Administration based on judge Hamel's opinions, you'll see almost "cut and paste" opinions repeated. It's as if judge Gregory Hamel is just going through the numbers game and rubber stamping decisions to not approve a claim. Judge Gregory M. Hamel is exactly why the public fears Obamacare, death sentences handed out by self impressed mediocrity putting in their time and being paid taxpayer money to deny people in need what is theirs to begin with. What a disgrace to our country people like Judge Hamel are.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
Date Posted: 2/4/2013 5:36:06 PM
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Twists reports to read the way he want's to back his decisions to deny. Dismisses top notch doctors reports while giving heavy weighting to the SHILL Social Security paid "doctor" reports. The doctors Social Security uses are bottom rung who are obviously so desperate for the S.S. dollars they'll say whatever S.S. want's to hear, and even when those reports side with a disability applicant Judge Hamel changes the report to read as he wants it. Has absolutely NO BUSINESS being a Judge, he is biased.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 12/17/2012 6:31:25 PM
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She's way out in left field. Look at her rating of approval. SS has got to love her

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 12/14/2012 1:38:55 PM
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She is rude to the client and attorney (or rep). To the attys - don't back down...she is still bound by the law whether she believes she is or not. I can't wait to have her any decision she denies overturned on appeal.

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 11/22/2012 6:27:13 AM
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I had my hearing on Oct.19,2012 with Judge Sweeda.He was very professional.He made sure that I understood everything that was said.That was 5 weeks ago and I am still waiting for a decision.

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
Date Posted: 11/15/2012 3:08:23 PM
Submited By: cindy



I thought that he was being very up front and went by the rules he is supposed to go by.

Judge: Richard L Vogel
Date Posted: 11/8/2012 7:17:54 PM
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I like Judge Vogel. He iss tough, but consistently tough. I have never seen any evidence of bias and he will rule favorably if the evidence is there. His bar may be a bit higher than some ALJs, but he is consistent and polite to claimants and counsel alike.

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 11/7/2012 10:23:33 AM
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Very firm,serious, and Professional. He took everything in account for my disability at 58 years old. Awarded me my SSDI in 15 minutes!

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 12:17:06 PM
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ALJ has a very low approval rating and perhaps she is biased but with a rating that low she is denying just about everybody. Claims of racial bias are nonsense.

Judge: Ralph P Dodds
Date Posted: 10/15/2012 5:28:33 AM
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RIP Judge Dodds. He demonstrated many qualities that all Judges should have. He was patient and actually showed he was interested in the lives and medical problems of the people who appeared before him. When they seemed to be nervous or got confused, he would make gentle little jokes that were not sarcastic or argumentative, to put people at ease. He could ask follow up questions without showing annoyance or impatience. He certainly did not approve all claims, but he treated the claimants whose cases he heard with respect, as people with problems rather than just another file to be processed. He interacted with the claimant's attorneys in a professional way.

Judge: Charles W Dorman
Date Posted: 10/14/2012 6:30:45 AM
Submited By: JGD



Charles Dorman is a retired Brigadier General from the Marine Corp. His military history is reflected in his approach to his work as an ALJ by his sense of obligation to duty. I had the pleasure of being before him many times during his time in Tallahassee. He was always very prepared. No matter how large the file, he was familiar with every page of the claimant's file. Although he didn't have a background in Social Security Law, he learned the law quickly. I did not always agree with his determinations, but when he denied a case, his denials where well founded. Obviously, not all cases are clear cut, and could go either way.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
Date Posted: 10/10/2012 12:00:21 PM
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When I had my case in front of him he was rushing my attorney and cutting my attorney off. The craziest thing was him rolling his eye and head in the first 5 min of the case. I would not be surprised if he did not hear anything me or my attorney had to say.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 10/1/2012 12:41:59 PM
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Based on her approval rating, I am certain the claimant's race is not a factor; hardly anyone gets paid.

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
Date Posted: 9/27/2012 1:05:44 PM
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Judge Wilson can be very tough, but the rep who works his file well and is prepared to put forth a good solid argument for his client will find Judge Wilson receptive.

Judge: Carl B Watson
Date Posted: 9/15/2012 6:04:40 AM
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Very kind man. Well prepared and treats everyone with respect.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 9/6/2012 4:26:51 AM
Submited By: Anonymous



ask any attorney and they will tell you that McFadden is not a fair ALJ. Why she is still in the ODARS office is beyond me. Look at her record, it speaks for itself. She doesn't seem to comprehend doctors notes, records. If a person has 6 doctors saying this person cannot work then what is the problem? She should be investigated. It would seem she is only in her position for money and not for the office she holds

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 8/17/2012 7:32:56 AM
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Has he transfered to the North Charleston,SC ODAR ? Hope not..He sounds like a real JERK

Judge: Richard L Vogel
Date Posted: 8/2/2012 6:11:35 PM
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He has the second highest denial rate in the whole office !!! I t is so hard to win a case against this man; I hope he never is on this end of the stick. I didn't stand a chance now I,m back to starting over again. My PTSD has been bad for years ! Now I see how ex military personnel go postal; with judges like this how will any body get approved?

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM
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although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves

Judge: PETER C EDISON
Date Posted: 7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM
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This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 7:47:21 AM
Submited By: Miss bi-polar



As a bi-polar plus other mental health issues with letters from phyciatrist, doctors and so fourth writting that due to my conditions I am unable to work with others or follow the simplest instructions. I was denied by this judge. she didnt even read the last two years of medical reports from my mental health doctors. or the last year from medical doctors. she made up lies in my denial letter.my meds run out in a few days and with no income and gov health care that doesnt want to aprove my meds or care because of cost. I take 7 dif meds per day. It will be very interesting to see how my life turns out now. She is very cold and does not understand medical reports and very lazy at her job if she cant read the last two years. dont get this judge unless you are black. she approved a friend that was less off than me but is black and much younger. hopefully the review board will do a better job if not the court system after that. i will keep filing over and over till I find a judge that knows what they are doing. (written by a friend for Miss Bi-polar in her presents and in her own words)

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 6/20/2012 10:04:25 AM
Submited By: Ben



I really wish I could find something good about this ALJ, But I can't find even one positive thing to say. In all my years I have never seen a person as cold and inept to understand a medical report and what is in it. You will find many lies in your denial letter for reasons of such. If you get this judge you may as well not show up and just file a new claim and hope for a ALJ that has good comprehension skills. I would like to know the ratio of Black Vs Whites that have been approved by her.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 6/18/2012 12:35:26 PM
Submited By: Jasmine



Ms Elmore doesn't take medical information to rule and doesn't know what is in the files. It would seem she uses more personal feelings into her decision. It would seem like she skims over the records what little records she must read. There is no way some people that are being denied should have. If you are getting this judge please do yourself a favor and beg to be switched. SC really need to get rid of this ALJ. A very bad ALJ in my opinion and should not be in the position she is. She should be practicing in private law. All this ALJ is doing is clogging the review boards and federal appeals office with appeals. I have a feeling most of her judgements will be over turned which in turns does nothing but waste money in which SC cant afford.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 6/16/2012 12:07:07 PM
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Fabricates false evidence by miss reading doctors reports. Has no idea what doctors are saying in reports. A very bad example of a ALJ. she needs to be investigated. Does not know the claimants file or must be blind as to what is in it if she does read. She doesn't seem to like white people

Judge: Regina L Warren
Date Posted: 6/15/2012 1:57:11 PM
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You best know your case when you appear before her. She's tough, but fair.

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
Date Posted: 6/15/2012 12:17:26 AM
Submited By: Jennifer Scales



I went in front of this judge on may 11th of this year 2012. I felt very intimidated by him from the minute i walked in the door. I felt he was rude and fake. I also felt it was inappropriate of him to say to me "so I hear you are in a new relationship" and "are you on the internet" and are you on facebook?" i felt very violated to say the least. i felt those questions were too personal. I also feel that he overlooked alot of aspects in my case. such as the fact that i failed my psychiatric examination. I feel that he did not give that enough consideration. I filed for my second appeal and i hope to NOT have him as a judge again.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 7:52:35 AM
Submited By: BT



This ALJ is notorious for not knowing the content of the claimant's file, ignoring evidence that does not fit her preconceived notions of the claimant, and dismissing legal argument out of hand if she did not think of it first. Her demeanor is ice-cold. Unlike other bad ALJs who are polite in their direct contact with claimants and representatives, Peggy acts like the whole world is her enemy.

Judge: Nicole S Forbes-Schmitt
Date Posted: 5/9/2012 11:56:46 AM
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She was over my diability case back in 2010. I thought she was very unfair and even my lawyer thought everything went fine. I soon received a letter telling me I was denied. One reason put on it was "inconsistent information provided by the claimant...conscious intention to mislead." She said I was lying. Everything was in my medical records. I have been fighting SSA ever since.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
Date Posted: 5/4/2012 6:07:23 AM
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She is a very straight forward judge that is fair. She does have a low approval rate but I feel that is due to frivolous claims and new on the job in Columbia SC. If you are truly disabled, I am sure you will be happy with her. If your case is frivolous, she will see right through it.

Judge: Charles W Dorman
Date Posted: 3/25/2012 2:27:08 PM
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