5 based on 4 reviews


  1. Janice Akers says:

    It’s been a while since I was approved for Disability but I wanted to report that the honorable Judge: Whitfield Haigler, was easy to be in front of when I went for my hearing. I was terrified of what would happen, but he and all the other people who were there made me feel at ease and I was able to answer their questions and present my case for disability. I am glad I won’t have to go through that again. I waited 2 1/2 years to be approved for disability and by not being able to work, I went bankrupt and lost all my assets. I feel that the Social Security Administration should not be so difficult to convince when someone applies for their Social Security. I started working at the age of 16 and worked until the age of 60. After spending years to build up my credit and assets, I lost everything I had due to becoming unable to work, then applying for disability and getting denied three times before being approved. I had to sell everything I owned just to live for those 2 1/2 years with no income at all. Now I am 65 and have a small Social Security income, but I have no assets, and my credit rating is shot to pieces. I will never be prosperous again as long as I live. At this time, I am staying with family, waiting for a low-income apartment to become available for me. I do thank God that this Judge finally approved my disability because if he hadn’t, I don’t know what would have happened to me.

  2. BK says:

    I went before Judge Whitfield Haigler and must say that he is a very polite and respectful Judge. He explains the process, before the Hearing begins and asks if there is anything that you do not understand. He is a fair Judge and tries to make the process more comfortable.
    I won’t know thd decision for a few months; however, I felt that Judge Haigler is a great Judge and I was treated with complete respect. I felt like he saw me as a human and nothe just some case number. The waiting begins.

  3. scott says:

    i just went in front of this judge. he was respectful and not mean. i wont get a decision for a while my attorney says but at least this judge made me comfortorable.

  4. d says:

    I would like to say that I went before this judge and my experince with him was all right and if I can say so fair as well. I have not got my decesion but when I was face to face he seem like I would be approved. Well now the waiting game begins.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Judge Haigler was previously in Shreveport for a couple of years and was always very fair. You would be hard pressed to find a better ALJ.

  6. Ardys Korstad says:

    I am a Minnesota attorney with 25+ years of experience. First, a comment about the “low approval rate” at NHC in St. Louis. Their office is trying to help hearing offices around the country catch up on the huge backlog of claims. You can decline a video hearing and wait many more months for a hearing in person with a Minneapolis judge. Many attorneys tell me they always decline the video hearings because of these same statistics. What they don’t understand is their actions may be the exact reason the statistics look so bad. The judges are much more likely to dismiss or deny a claim that does not have all the important evidence in or unprepared witnesses. An experienced attorney matters.

    My clients and I have appeared in front of Judge Haigler multiple times. You can tell he has always read the file carefully. (Not true of all judges.) Like appearing in front of the Supreme Court for oral arguments, he will tell the attorney at the beginning of the hearing the specific parts of the record he needs clarified or explained if we want to convince him of the severity of the medical problems.

    He is respectful and courteous questioning the claimant. He allows you to go past the usual one hour hearing time if you have a translator or essential witness.

  7. jessie says:

    Awesome warm hearted judge!!!!

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