5 based on 7 reviews


  1. Letha says:

    He denied me as well. The vocational expert had already said it was her opinion I would most defiantly not be able to maintain any kind of gainful employment, in fact her words were “in all my years” or something to that effect, she had never seen anyone with all of these issues and cognitive difficulties be abke to maintain it. My lawyer was pleased with this, as this is the favorable outcome. When my denial came, he just completely disregarded everything she said. Not only did he disregard it, he didn’t address it either.

    Pretty much, he didn’t like the answer, so he thought he could just pretend he didn’t hear it I guess. Granted, in every day life, if this is the way you want to behave or treat people, I suppose that is your prerogative to do so. As a judge, it’s unprofessional, childish, and nonsensical, not to mention, it apparently means he failed to uphold the law.

    I just spoke to a member of my appeal team. She said normally when they file the papaerwork(forgive me as I have cognitive issues and I am also a lay person and do not understand legalese) there is normally about a page worth of text citing what the judge may have missed or possibly just done wrong. For my case there are three full pages. She was the one who sent me here, as she said she was not allowed to share opinions on judges, but they do more appeals than not with this man, ans I should go look him up, and draw my own conclusions.

    Also just going to note here, even though the other reviewers may not see this. Had this judge approved me and been super nice, and I had come here just to read a bunch of bad reviews, I unfortunately wouldn’t be able to just disbelieve them. How someone treats you, in particular, means next to nothing. I have been on both sides of this. I have been the person who was discriminated against or judged, and I have been the one who received support/help/praise approval etc, from someone to find out the majority of others had a vastly different experience. It’s disappointing, especially when it’s from the one person who made you feel seen, heard, validated, etc. Especially so in the chronic illness community. But in that community it is always hit or miss. One person will understand and get it, and another will shut you down. It definitely is not about proper “proof” or documentation. You can have all the documents you want. If the judge doesn’t have proper knowledge of your particular condition, or doesnt care to, you get the same result.

  2. Kevin says:

    Draw this guy and get your appeal ready.took 3 months to hear back, stroke, heart attack, visual disturbance, spinal fusion,trimmers,migraines that leave u bed ridden for days..and he says.i don’t believe u or the doctors 😉 this guy has no heart.

  3. Anonymous says:

    There are some ALJ’s who have the mindset that they will pay as few as cases as possible and conduct hearings as such. It doesn’t matter what the evidence says. Their mind is made up well prior to the hearing. They treat claimant’s by a reasonable doubt standard, which is incorrect and it’s unreasonable anyway. If there is any doubt, which they create, deny, deny, deny.

  4. Curtis Thomas says:

    I have suffered with chronic back and neck pain since 2002 was unable to work since 2012. Have medical records to support my conditions, which over qualify me for disability. I had zero choice on who would provide me insurance in case I was disabled. I had zero choice on whether or not to pay this insurance during my employment. When it was necessary for me to use this insurance I get denied. I go to a small room with an attorney I met 2 min before being introduced to and this is a tongue in check joke “The honorable ” Judge Walter Hellums. When you are treated as if you are trying to steal something out of this man’s pockets you realize how broken the system is. How can a system that takes money from you over decades to insure that you can survive if you can not work, get away with a random drawing of who works your case? It’s totally absurd that you are given a 50% less likely chance of being approved for disability by who is sitting on his bench. WALTER HELLUMS assumed he’s smarter than the doctors that have submitted the records and the people that read your MRI. He even decided to read mine and determined that not only did the people who read it exaggerate my condition but that the MRI was exaggerated as well. He even made a medical decision to say that the doctor who is representing SSA was not as good as he was at being a doctor. WALTER HELLUMS stated that I was able to be employed from March in 2916 to Dec 31 2017 due to shots I was receiving in my spine and physical therapy I was receiving and the pain meds prescribed. Firstly the amount of pain meds prescribed put a person in a condition to maybe not fall down and poop their own pants daily. Well into the don’t let this person drive or do anything that could cause harm to anyone or themselves. Then , and here’s how absurd this system is, I got the shots and physical therapy in late 2019 and into 2020. The time period that was in question was March 2016 to Dec 31 2018. How can I benefit from something that I haven’t rcieved yet? Then try to explain this to the people who are supposed to know something about how to evaluate a person fairly and they can’t even follow what you are telling them. The only people at ssa that understand what I’m showing them are the ones that sit with you in a cubicle and they support your arguments and are like holy crap you are right and I show over a dozen times that WALTER HELLUMS the so called professional judge has made mistakes critical to my case and has misquoted me on several issues, that I have audio from hearing to prove. What a joke what a joke. You have to have a deep ability to accept the fact that you are not going to be treated fairly when it comes to this and come to the realization that right isn’t right and wrong is right and you don’t matter. MR. HELLUMS PLEASE WITHDRAW FROM FURTHER CASES ON THE SSA DISABILITY SYSTEM. The numerous cases you decided as unfavorable should be automatically reviewed. In what scenario should a person be given a 50% handicap on being approved based solely on the judge assigned to them? And the national average of approved claims would be the accepted treatment you should recieve when your case is heard in front of ALJ, but unfortunately your going in front of WALTER HELLUMS. I do hope that at some time the system is made to account for this. If any one else has a grievance they want to share with me about this man or this circus of a system please write me at cgthomas2009@hotmail.com if enough people voice their objections and follow the legal options for reforming this system to include removing bias judges then maybe some quality of life will be fairly awarded to someone in the future that would have drawn WALTER HELLUMS if he hadn’t been removed from further judicial duties due to his bias nature and inability to follow facts introduced to him by professionals in their fields. Also please read his written depositions of how he came to his conclusions that he knows more than anyone. Short in-service on calendar usage and how dates affect things when you get them wrong. My name is Curtis Thomas and I don’t hate the system or Walter Hellums. They both failed me and I’m sure thousands of others. Reform is needed and I’m putting myself out there to keep requesting it or give me back the money I paid for decades to be insured. Or answer my questions Walter Hellums. Would you feel that you would be given a fair decision by myself in a situation that is as important as this? Would you be judged by you? Or would you pick another judge if you were in our situations? Thanks for giving me the opportunity to point out how absurd this system is., Curtis

  5. Paul says:

    I had my hearing 1/31/2023… I found the judge to be willing to listen to me and my attorney about all evidence and facts, he had already read everything and told me things in my file therefore I know he was familiar with evidence.. At end of hearing he told me he would get his decision to me ASAP, which he did within 2 weeks.. I agree with an earlier post that just because his approval rate was around 23%, he is very fair and if you are honest with your answers and don’t try to exaggerate symptoms and problems you will have a better chance.. They know your medical records and know if you are lying or exaggerating.. No need to fear this judge if you are honest I’m your case..

  6. Will says:

    just had a ssdi case before alj Hellum and although his approval rate is lower than average my case was approved 6 days after the hearing. I think if you have the proper evidence it doesnt matter what judge you have. i also believe you must be honest and not try to over embellish your position they can see right through that

  7. Steve says:

    This guy wants to make sure nobody gets the help they deserve my case was denied by this man and when I received my letter the reasons were nothing to do with my case so I don’t know if they got cases Cross or what.. I’ve heard somebody else was in front of this man and they were on their deathbed and still got denied. I meant three disability listings and so did not get approved seems to me this judge is not following the law

  8. Kip says:

    How is it that this biased judge isn’t being investigated. He just sucks with his 21 percent approval rating in 2019. What? The state average is almost 60 Percent!! That’s a complete joke. He is destroying any hope that people have left in the system. This man is sending honest and truly disabled people to the streets. I wish nothing but redemption on this guy.
    It’s just incredibly unfair and unjust that you lose your case that is solid with medical evidence, medical history and undeniable VE testimony when most other judges will approve your case.
    The disability process is broken. It just comes down to the judge you get. Most are fair and play by the rules, but when you get a guy like this who decides your life with such low regard, it’s unjust.
    What a horrible experience I had with his man. 20 percent….while other judges are 45 percent, 55 percent, 65 percent. And so on. I am just disgusted. get this unfair judge off the bench. I will be filing a complaint

  9. Jr says:

    This judge has a 23% approval rate for 2019. The second lowest in the whole state. It’s not a shock that I got denied.
    Incredibly strong case with a solid paper trail of medical evidence, psychiatrist reports and documentation.
    Just forget about it getting approved by this guy unless you are blind and have no legs God forbid.
    What a joke this judge is

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