Morgantown, West Virginia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Morgantown, West Virginia, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Morgantown, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 17.0 months. The average case processing time in Morgantown is 521 days.The Morgantown average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 34%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Morgantown ODAR office was last updated on 3/11/2015.

SSA, Morgantown ODAR Office
6 Suburban Court
Chestnut Ridge Road
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
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Phone: (304) 285-4250 -- Fax: (304) 285-4326
eFile Fax: (304) 285-4239 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Morgantown 7 17.0 months 521 days 2.1 18% 34% 48%
West Virginia16.2 months497 days2.416%41%43%
National Average:12.8 months432 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 17.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.05
Average Processing Time 521 days
Cases Pending 4188
Dispositions 1014
New Cases 852
Hearings In Person 63%
Video Hearings 37%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Karl Alexander 13%41%46%
Judge Regina Carpenter 18%49%34%
Judge Nikki Hall 19%18%63%
Judge Terrence Hugar 8%36%56%
Judge Karen B Kostol 26%38%36%
Judge Jeffrey P La Vicka 22%28%50%
Judge George A Mills III 18%23%59%

Comments about Judges at the Morgantown West Virginia ODAR office:

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Judge: Mark M Swayze
Date Posted: 3/30/2015 8:03:04 AM
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Very detailed oriented knows the file expects the attorney to know the file . Spends a long time with vocational issues.

Judge: Richard E Guida
Date Posted: 7/8/2014 1:14:19 PM
Submited By: Justice

Judge has a "God complex". You sir are charged with administering the LAW. YOU do not hold a MEDICAL license. YOU have no right to discredit what a doctor or several doctors state is a real disability to the point where someone is disabled.When a medical team including the IME's state a person is disabled what right does this idiot have to say a client is not? He is a joke and a discredit to anyone who rightfully administers the law. He is not concerned with protecting and upholding the law. He is focused on denying claims (see this clowns track record).When a judge dismisses 49% of all claims halfway through the year (2014) it should be an alarm to the court system that he is corrupt and should be investigated. He is completely clueless on how to do his job and should be disbarred and tried for his dis-service to the American people.

Judge: Richard E Guida
Date Posted: 6/3/2014 6:56:56 AM
Submited By: Digger

Awful adjudicator with a very poor knowledge of the Rulings and Regulations. His decisions are easy to appeal: they are so full of holes you could drive a Mack truck through them. My advice to you is if you are given a video hearing with this judge, OBJECT. Ask for an in-person hearing at your local ODAR because this man will do you no favors.

Judge: Richard E Guida
Date Posted: 8/7/2013 8:59:45 AM
Submited By: An Attorney

Tells you to "present your case" and then interrupts, interjects, cross examines and humiliates the claimant. If claimant's treating source has the audacity to charge a fee for a medical source statement, this judge will use it to discredit the opinions of the treating physician.

Judge: John Michaelsen
Date Posted: 3/10/2013 4:18:09 AM
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Judge Michaelsen was very thorough in his questioning of me. He considered all of my symptoms and their restrictions of my work activity. His decision letter was very precise and informative. I feel I had a very fair hearing. Thank you Judge Michaelsen.

Judge: Karen B Kostol
Date Posted: 2/21/2013 10:59:17 AM
Submited By: J. Grimm

Much thanks to Judge Kostol for her help and patience at my hearing. She asked very good questions and gave me many opportunities to comment. I was pleasantly pleased....after reading many generally negative comments about the process in general. She was thorough in her explanations and handled the case very well........Thank You, whatever the outcome!

Judge: Daniel F Cusick
Date Posted: 2/11/2013 1:56:37 PM
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I feel sorry for anyone that has this judge. I received my denial letter after my hearing. He flat out lied in the report to justify his decision. He reported that my daughter(actually niece) no longer has her disability which she does. He also made reference to getting a report from her speech teacher. She has never and still to this day has never had a speech teacher. He also made reference to her being in preschool when she was 7 years old as well as a kindergarten pretest which he did not have because my daughter did not live with me until her second year of kindergarten was half over and she lived in a different state. Will be seeking professional counsel regarding this case.

Judge: Richard D Brady
Date Posted: 12/22/2012 5:50:37 PM
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Was Judge Brady an attorney supervisor in Tampa ODAR before he became an ALJ? If so, he is a really nice man.

Judge: Regina Carpenter
Date Posted: 12/21/2012 7:02:31 AM
Submited By: J. Grimm

By your % approved cases, and looking at the other judges largest % denials, it seems you DO actually listen to people and can understand that they feel helpless and can't provide for their families which makes low self-esteem also. People DO WANT to be proud and productive by working and feeling self-worth. Needing help financially is not easy to ask for (although we've worked for many years..which is why our bodies are broken down in the first place.) I may have a hearing coming up in this office soon...I hope I can be heard by you for it is scary to wait so long and be so clinging to the need for financial help with no chances of benefits. Can other judges even try to put themselves in our places..we have been trying for 2 years for help..why would we do this if we could go out and work for money while financial life worsens each week.

Judge: George A Mills III
Date Posted: 9/12/2012 2:46:54 AM
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last several months the appeal board has directly reversed his decisions and instead of remand has payed his denial cases

Judge: Richard E Guida
Date Posted: 8/6/2012 12:57:52 PM
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Disregarded the opinions of my medical professionals, also no regard for the social security doctors opinions and denied disability. This judge gave no weight to overwhelming evidence proving disability. It is shameful and unprofessional. Looking at his track record he denied almost half of all claims.