2.7 based on 12 reviews

12 Comments

  1. CA says:

    He doesn’t deserve a star rating at all. I felt hopeful when first reviewing these positive reviews here months ago after my disability case was assigned to this judge, and figured the negative views here were from people who weren’t legitimately disabled and who then retaliated with negative reviews. I was wrong. I’ve since had my case heard by this judge and warn any of you who suffer from PTSD, severe depression or anxiety that this judge doesn’t take these health issues seriously, nor does he have knowledge of the effects of such disorders…he is truly ignorant of these types of health issues.

    I not only have years upon years of medical records between psychiatrists and specialists and primary care doctors, I went out of my way to submit a very personal written statement to this judge at the final review stage after my hearing with him as he was awaiting other recent medical record updates for my case. That letter was so difficult for me to write, took me weeks and cost me a lot of negative health-related triggers and discomfort. But it was an honest summary of my past experiences that I am now suffering severely for, and I thought it important for this judge to get that deeper, firsthand insight into my mental health issues which I’ve always felt shame, embarrassment and protective of talking about, even with doctors.

    Judge Pottinger completely dismissed my written testimony and on top of that disrespectful gesture on his part, he focussed on and based his denial decision upon inaccurate and partial information primarily submitted at earlier phases of my disability claim! And he twisted my earlier statements around as well, so that they then backed his proof for denial of my claim. He didn’t do his job at all in my case. If our disability case is going to hearing phase, the judge involved should be very diligent about reviewing the most recent records if we’ve had health changes for better or worse. In my case, my health issues have escalated over the last 8months or so and I’ve even had new disorders diagnosed in that time.

    Judge Pottinger overlooked all of that and didn’t even reference my primary disorder, which is PTSD. He glorified the feedback provided by doctors chosen by the SSA during the first phases of my disability application with whom I met with once, and he minimized the input provided by my longtime therapist and primary medical doctor. He turned my earlier statements around when I mentioned that my health issues had come to impact my ability to keep up with daily life around the house and yard and that I was no longer being able to manage such things in a normal capacity. He instead used my statements against me in my disability case by saying that BECAUSE I AM ABLE to do house chores and yard work, that shows that I am not disabled or having health limitations, etc.

    He turned my statements about my past hobbies and interests such as crochet, and hiking and reading books into present tense and said that because I do these things they reflect my ability to live a normal life, etc. When in actuality, I did those things in the past, but not for years now as I’ve been too depressed, too anxious and too consumed by my multiple health issues and constant symptoms to have the ability to do any relaxed activities like those. And so what if I was able to have moments of enjoyment like that, it doesn’t mean I’m not also juggling majority moments of dealing with symptoms tied to a disability!
    This guy has shown me that he is manipulative and suffering from his own untreated mental health issues. The problem with that, is that he is in a position of authority and power and allowed to rule on matters that he knows nothing about. He has displayed negligence, corruption and injustice in his efforts to deny people who are actually suffering, what they rightfully deserve and are owed.

    I don’t need approval from this guy to know what I am living with everyday is real and truly prevents me from maintaining a job. I am so sorry to any of you who has this ignorant fool assigned to your case. I myself didn’t expect to open up and confide to this judge as I did in my testimony letter, only to have him, a representative of our countries legal system, fabricate my disability claim and bully me out of benefits as he has tried to do.

    I literally said to this judge in my written testimony that dealing with being bullied throughout my life has contributed severely to my PTSD health issues, and that sharing my health history with him or anyone is very difficult and embarrassing. He didn’t have the maturity or humanity to take that at face value and respond to me with the respect and decency I deserve after all I’ve been through in life as an abuse survivor. He instead tried to one-up me and rub my past in by not acknowledging my written statement and not taking into account the last eight months of escalated health issues I’ve had, along with all associated medical records and the multiple new meds I’ve been trying out in that time as I keep working on healing.

    It’s all been wasted on this mentally unwell judge. He hasn’t deserved to have any knowledge of or voice and input on my very real health matters! He had the nerve to say that I’m reading self-help books and treat me like I get my health knowledge from a book. Which is so inappropriate and insulting to my intelligence and life experience! My doctor has given me book recommendations but because of my anxiety and focus issues, I haven’t been able to sit down and read for years. I am middle-aged, of grandmother age though and have been caregiving others my entire life. Guess what judge Pottinger…40 plus years is a long time to learn a lot in life and about human behavior when you’re forced to pay attention in order to survive at an early age. If I ever get well enough, I could be the one writing a book on these types of health issues.

    To those of you getting assigned this judge, I know this process is daunting, stressful and that you’re unwell and may not have any fight left in you at this point and that any of us that are truly suffering through chronic health issues, deserve to be seen and heard by those weighing in on our health matters…BUT GET A LAWYER, DOCTOR/S, PSYCHIATRISTS WITH MD CREDENTIALS WHO TRULY BACK YOUR SPECIFIC DISABILITY/HEALTH ISSUES, so that you have those records to defend your case. Share your heartfelt experience that best expresses or explains your recent years of health issues. Even if it’s wasted on this judge, it’ll all be on record and perhaps a contributing piece of evidence in a future lawsuit against this judge??? He’s clearly already got a track record we can see from just these handful of reviews here, that demonstrates his lack of ability and understanding on mental health issues that he’s been given authority over. Not okay!!!

    And, write to your congressman and woman and take action like that to voice your/our concerns around having neurotypical judges with no firsthand or personal experience dealing with mental health matters in a fair and just way, ruling over mental health cases. It shouldn’t be legal. It’s one thing for a judge to rely on medical records to help gather a clearer understanding of a clients health matters, but this judge blatantly twisted my statements around and completely dismissed my written testimony. And he minimized the testimony of my longtime therapist, overlooked the most recent medical records in my case and my ongoing efforts to heal and try to get better, while living with disorders that will likely never be cured.

    Also, write in to congresspeople about the need for the base qualifying age for disability to be lowered so that those in their 30’s and 40’s can be taken more seriously and treated with more respect by the medical and judicial systems. If kids can suffer severe effects of trauma or die from cancer, then it should be a no-brainer that those of us in our 40’s have most certainly lived a good chunk of life already and can easily come to a point of severe mental and physical illness, as is the case for many people in their 30’s and 40’s.

    This judge is old enough to know better than to manipulate disability cases the way he did mine, and has done to others. And he is old enough to know by now how to treat genuinely struggling people with more respect and dignity too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He doesn’t deserve a star rating at all. I felt hopeful when first reviewing these positive reviews here months ago after my disability case was assigned to this judge, and figured the negative views here were from people who weren’t legitimately disabled and who then retaliated with negative reviews. I was wrong. I’ve since had my case heard by this judge and warn any of you who suffer from PTSD, severe depression or anxiety that this judge doesn’t take these health issues seriously, nor does he have knowledge of the effects of such disorders…he is truly ignorant of these types of health issues.

    I not only have years upon years of medical records between psychiatrists and specialists and primary care doctors, I went out of my way to submit a very personal written statement to this judge at the final review stage after my hearing with him as he was awaiting other recent medical record updates for my case. That letter was so difficult for me to write, took me weeks and cost me a lot of negative health-related triggers and discomfort. But it was an honest summary of my past experiences that I am now suffering severely for, and I thought it important for this judge to get that deeper, firsthand insight into my mental health issues which I’ve always felt shame, embarrassment and protective of talking about, even with doctors.

    Judge Pottinger completely dismissed my written testimony and on top of that disrespectful gesture on his part, he focussed on and based his denial decision upon inaccurate and partial information primarily submitted at earlier phases of my disability claim! And he twisted my earlier statements around as well, so that they then backed his proof for denial of my claim. He didn’t do his job at all in my case. If our disability case is going to hearing phase, the judge involved should be very diligent about reviewing the most recent records if we’ve had health changes for better or worse. In my case, my health issues have escalated over the last 8months or so and I’ve even had new disorders diagnosed in that time.

    Judge Pottinger overlooked all of that and didn’t even reference my primary disorder, which is PTSD. He glorified the feedback provided by doctors chosen by the SSA during the first phases of my disability application with whom I met with once, and he minimized the input provided by my longtime therapist and primary medical doctor. He turned my earlier statements around when I mentioned that my health issues had come to impact my ability to keep up with daily life around the house and yard and that I was no longer being able to manage such things in a normal capacity. He instead used my statements against me in my disability case by saying that BECAUSE I AM ABLE to do house chores and yard work, that shows that I am not disabled or having health limitations, etc.

    He turned my statements about my past hobbies and interests such as crochet, and hiking and reading books into present tense and said that because I do these things they reflect my ability to live a normal life, etc. When in actuality, I did those things in the past, but not for years now as I’ve been too depressed, too anxious and too consumed by my multiple health issues and constant symptoms to have the ability to do any relaxed activities like those. And so what if I was able to have moments of enjoyment like that, it doesn’t mean I’m not also juggling majority moments of dealing with symptoms tied to a disability!

    This guy has shown me that he is manipulative and suffering from his own untreated mental health issues. The problem with that, is that he is in a position of authority and power and allowed to rule on matters that he knows nothing about. He has displayed negligence, corruption and injustice in his efforts to deny people who are actually suffering, what they rightfully deserve and are owed.

    I don’t need approval from this guy to know what I am living with everyday is real and truly prevents me from maintaining a job. I am so sorry to any of you who has this ignorant fool assigned to your case. I myself didn’t expect to open up and confide to this judge as I did in my testimony letter, only to have him, a representative of our countries legal system, fabricate my disability claim and bully me out of benefits as he has tried to do.

    I literally said to this judge in my written testimony that dealing with being bullied throughout my life has contributed severely to my PTSD health issues, and that sharing my health history with him or anyone is very difficult and embarrassing. He didn’t have the maturity or humanity to take that at face value and respond to me with the respect and decency I deserve after all I’ve been through in life as an abuse survivor. He instead tried to one-up me and rub my past in by not acknowledging my written statement and not taking into account the last eight months of escalated health issues I’ve had, along with all associated medical records and the multiple new meds I’ve been trying out in that time as I keep working on healing.

    It’s all been wasted on this mentally unwell judge. He hasn’t deserved to have any knowledge of or voice and input on my very real health matters! He had the nerve to say that I’m reading self-help books and treat me like I get my health knowledge from a book. Which is so inappropriate and insulting to my intelligence and life experience! My doctor has given me book recommendations but because of my anxiety and focus issues, I haven’t been able to sit down and read for years. I am middle-aged, of grandmother age though and have been caregiving others my entire life. Guess what judge Pottinger…40 plus years is a long time to learn a lot in life and about human behavior when you’re forced to pay attention in order to survive at an early age. If I ever get well enough, I could be the one writing a book on these types of health issues.

    To those of you getting assigned this judge, I know this process is daunting, stressful and that you’re unwell and may not have any fight left in you at this point and that any of us that are truly suffering through chronic health issues, deserve to be seen and heard by those weighing in on our health matters…BUT GET A LAWYER, DOCTOR/S, PSYCHIATRISTS WITH MD CREDENTIALS WHO TRULY BACK YOUR SPECIFIC DISABILITY/HEALTH ISSUES, so that you have those records to defend your case. Share your heartfelt experience that best expresses or explains your recent years of health issues. Even if it’s wasted on this judge, it’ll all be on record and perhaps a contributing piece of evidence in a future lawsuit against this judge??? He’s clearly already got a track record we can see from just these handful of reviews here, that demonstrates his lack of ability and understanding on mental health issues that he’s been given authority over. Not okay!!!

    And, write to your congressman and woman and take action like that to voice your/our concerns around having neurotypical judges with no firsthand or personal experience dealing with mental health matters in a fair and just way, ruling over mental health cases. It shouldn’t be legal. It’s one thing for a judge to rely on medical records to help gather a clearer understanding of a clients health matters, but this judge blatantly twisted my statements around and completely dismissed my written testimony. And he minimized the testimony of my longtime therapist, overlooked the most recent medical records in my case and my ongoing efforts to heal and try to get better, while living with disorders that will likely never be cured.

    Also, write in to congresspeople about the need for the base qualifying age for disability to be lowered so that those in their 30’s and 40’s can be taken more seriously and treated with more respect by the medical and judicial systems. If kids can suffer severe effects of trauma or die from cancer, then it should be a no-brainer that those of us in our 40’s have most certainly lived a good chunk of life already and can easily come to a point of severe mental and physical illness, as is the case for many people in their 30’s and 40’s.

    This judge is old enough to know better than to manipulate disability cases the way he did mine, and has done to others. And he is old enough to know by now how to treat genuinely struggling people with more respect and dignity too.

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