4.2 based on 5 reviews

10 Comments

  1. pissed off says:

    Yep seeing that a person that with the same thing was 32 battling a heart disease and I’m 50 with the same issue and more ..he was approved and I was denied ….hmmmmm something is wrong with this picture

  2. Anonymous says:

    My son had 3 different Doctor say my son is permanently disable. He was a victim of a crime and now has severe memory issues. Even the Dept. of Rehabilitation said it was not safe for him to work. The MRI showed brain damage. He has a DVT in his leg from a genetic blood disorder. He is BiPolar, Schizoaffective with PTSD and Judge Armstrong still denied his claim. Is this man sane?????

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t be fooled by this judge’s pleasant demeanor. He’s no-nonsense, but will treat you nicely. But. This is a judge who believes that most people who are disabled are trying to game the system and just want a way to take an early retirement.

    If you have lived a decent, law-abiding, hard-working, middle-class life, getting disability is no fun pay day. You aren’t getting to live high on the hog. It allows you to eat. That’s pretty much it.

    If he bothered looking at the whole person, what kind of life they led, the kind of work they did, what is preventing them from doing so now, he’d see that most people aren’t just burger flippers or factory workers on their feet whose vague claims of back pain seek to get them out of a hard-working, low pay existence. Many of us loved our jobs and never wanted to stop. We were paid well and led middle-class lives. We would not seek disability unless our pain and conditions made working unbearable.

    If you are being treated by doctors and specialists, and are on heavy pain meds; have given up your good life and existed in relative poverty, waiting to be awarded a pittance so you can now just put enough food on your table, this judge, like a certain percentage, should, take this into account, but don’t. Compassion is left at the door. It should not be the overwhelming criteria that decides cases, but a modicum of human decency, when recognized, can help make a difference if he and others of his bent would actually see the person sitting before them. We are not numbers, to be caught up in judges trying to redress a balance of leniency. But that is how we’re viewed. And then they go home and sleep, impervious to people who really can’t work, who then become homeless. Who must rely on friends and family to eat.

    If you are unlucky enough to get a conservative judge, whose only focus is to comply with the push to curb what they see as runaway disability approvals, your case will fall victim to a numbers game. Judges like Paul Armstrong will likely only approve cases that are most likely terminal, or something incredibly catastrophic, like paralysis from a stroke. Otherwise, you are looking at a flat, outright denial. My disability lawyer sighed and apologized when discovering who my judge was. He tried to keep a glimmer of hope alive by telling me to keep positive, maybe I’d be part of the miniscule approval. But we both knew what the odds were.

    If you are unfortunate enough to recieve this judge, I’m really sorry. Your case will not be judged fairly. Period.

  4. Debra L.Parker says:

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

  5. Debra L.Parker says:

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

  6. steve says:

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

  7. angela hossenlopp says:

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

  8. Anonymous says:

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

  9. Fonda says:

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

  10. Anonymous says:

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

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