Edward P Studzinski , Valparaiso In, Indiana ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2014 *fiscal year, Judge Edward P Studzinski has disposed 15 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Valparaiso In, Indiana. Out of those 15 dispostions, 0 were dismissed, 0 were approved and 15 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Studzinski has approved in Valparaiso In for the 2014 fiscal year is 0%. The information below for Judge Edward P Studzinski was last updated on 6/14/2017.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Valparaiso In 2011 461 375 236 139 19%30%51%
Valparaiso In 2012 602 504 344 160 16%27%57%
Valparaiso In 2013 609 513 357 156 16%26%59%
Orland Park 2014 419 344 207 137 18%33%49%
Valparaiso In 2014 15 15 15 0 0%0%100%
Oak Brook 2015 131 101 65 36 23%27%50%
Orland Park 2015 360 298 220 78 17%22%61%
Oak Brook 2016 462 367 221 146 21%32%48%
Oak Brook 2017 335 281 183 98 16%29%55%
 Totals:33942798184895018%28%54%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
AVERAGE TIME
 DismissedApprovedDenied
Judge Studzinski16%29%55%
All ALJs in Valparaiso In Office 19% 48% 33%
All ALJs in Indiana19%50%31%
All ALJs in the Nation21%45%34%
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Judge: Edward P Studzinski
9/9/2015 8:21:25 AM



He was very nice at my hearing


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
3/4/2015 5:32:58 PM



I've had several hearings before this judge. If you prepare your hearings well he can be very approachable. Submit a prehearing brief at least 3-4 days prior to the hearing. I've found the best approach is to discuss each allegation individually and outline objective findings. This does not have to be long and formal. Simply open noting any major issues (outstanding records, DLI issues, amending onset). Keep your brief simple and to the point. Address any issues - DAA, lack treatment... In closing you can address proposed RFC or GRID argument. If you don't have objective support for an allegation he is not going to give it a lot of weight. He is very favorable to treating source statements and opinions. He will tell you why he has an issue with the claim - address that issue specifically and support your argument with direct citation to the record. Know your record and cite, cite, cite! Be prepared to amend your onset for GRID and/or lack of treatment. He will come right out and ask about listings - do not make a loose listing argument, just move on to step 4 or 5. He will go back and forth with you about the allegations and can be persuaded. If you come in prepared and submit the brief ahead of time your hearing will go much more smoothly and you will give your client an increased likelihood of approval.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
11/2/2014 3:11:04 PM



He was an unprofessional jerk. I truly believe he was intoxicated at my hearing. He made the advocate cry and he screamed like a little pig. Was so unorganized..... Refuse to let me have a copy of the proceedings to prove he was drunk. I plan on running him to him someday soon. He refused to let me cross exam any witness. I'm suffering from heart disease which has caused massive depression and anxiety. Over paid piece of crap.... I've paid into as for 30 years yet its being given to illegals that haven't paid a dime.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
7/17/2014 11:02:41 PM



I've never met a judge or public servant as rude as him in my life. The vocational expert listed all the jobs that i was qualified for with the medical conditions that i have. i responded back with; "How many of those jobs am i qualified to perform while taking the medications that i take daily which are lyrica, flexeril, percocet, elavil, TOPOMAX, AND WARFARIN. MY PAIN MANAGEMENT AND ORTHOPEDIC DOCTORS WANT ME TO BE ON DISABILITY BUT, AFTER MY BLOOD CLOTTING PROBLEMS EVENED OUT MY HEMATOLOGIST WROTE IN MY MEDICAL RECORDS, "MAY RESUME NORMAL WORK AND HOME ACTIVITIES. REFER TO OTHER TREATING PHYSICIANS FOR FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS." THIS DOOR KNOB OF A JOB QUOTES THE HEMATOLOGY REPORT AND SAYS TO ME; "tHIS PERSON IS A DOCTOR, AND SHE SAYS; "YOU CAN RETURN TO WORK!" I TOLD HIM; "MY DENTIST IS CONSIDERED A DOCTOR, AND MY SON'S PEDIATRICIAN IS CONSIDERED A DOCTOR. MY OPTOMETRIST WHO OPERATED ON MY EYE WHICH IS BLIND FROM ACCIDENT, WHO THE STATE SAYS IT ISN'T BLIND IS A DOCTOR, HOWEVER IF I WAS GOING TO HAVE A HEART OR LIVER TRANSPLANT, I WOULDN'T WANT NONE OF THE 3 DOING THE PROCEDURE, AND I DOUBT YOU WOULD EITHER. WHEN I PULLED OUT THE MEDICATIONS AND LAID THEM ON THE TABLE, ALONG WITH THE SIDE EFFECTS AND WARNINGS, AND THEN ASKED THE VOCATIONAL EXPERT WHAT JOBS I COULD PERFORM WHILE TAKING THOSE MEDICATIONS 3 AND SOME 4 TIMES A DAY, SHE SAID THE JOBS AVAILABLE ARE ZERO. MY APPEAL WAS HEARD IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST MARCH. I WAS TOLD I WOULD GET THE RESULTS OF MY APPEAL IN 30-40 DAYS. I'M STILL WAITING AND IT'S THE END OF JULY.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
4/16/2014 11:52:06 AM



I received my Letter of Denial from Judge Edward Studzinski, and I found it very unfair that he only used parts of my medical information, and only took parts of my testimony from the hearing, to create his denial decision. I honestly don't know how this is okay for him to do, or allowed. It is not surprising to find out he used to work for Social Security, as an attorney, against people filing for disability.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
3/6/2014 12:56:46 PM



This guy is so rude. Love the hoop earring too! smh This guy should not be a judge. He acts like he has a chip on his shoulders. He interrupted every single person in the room and spoke to the claimant as if he were lying or on trial. Even our rep was shocked! This is a SSDI hearing and SHOULD NOT be adversarial! This judge was unbelievable. Someone should sue him. This hearing was awful.

Tracey
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
1/23/2014 12:49:33 PM



This judge really needs to be investigated he has a hundred percent denial rating and treats individuals like criminals... my girlfriend had this man she said he was very rude and inconsiderate... he would let her or her attorney finish their sentences he would interrupt them... people with disabilities are not criminals one day you'll be disabled and I hope you get treated like your criminal judge or one of your other family members get treated that way... shame on you... for how you treat other's this man needs to be remove from his set...


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/10/2013 4:19:26 PM



I haven't gotten the decision from him yet, but if the hearing is any indicator, it will be a denial. This man treats you like you are on trial for a crime rather than seeking help. He was outright rude to my attorney. If I get approved for this I will be shocked. But, it ain't over til it's over. He may surprise me yet...


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
6/26/2013 2:16:24 PM



Why is this guy still a judge? He is rude, crude, biased and acts like the claimant is a criminal. Why hasn't anyone sued for this? We should all get together.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
10/1/2012 9:20:45 AM



as an attorney who has been in front of him, i have to agree that he spends a lot of time letting you know he needs to be shown evidence on every little point. he treats everyone with little respect (by talking over attorneys and claimants to make any point he thinks is important and questioning claimants as if they are all liars) and clearly looks for any reason to give everyone a hard time. he questions treating source opinions as if the doctors will just say anything to help a claimant.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/27/2012 9:14:18 PM



Ive never seen a Dr. Lee in my life. Badmouthing the states own doctor REPEATEDLY throughout the entire 15 pages, quite a charm. I have visited this page NUMEROUS times because I am besides myself with misunderstanding of the truth and the LAW. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE............... know justice........... know peace

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/27/2012 3:42:35 PM



His exact words as described by social securities own medical examiner on line 12 "patient has less than 20 degrees of visual field which meets the ssd definition of legal blindness". I guess a judge, not a doctor let alone the states own medical examiner knows what I can see. Well, he does not. He is not a doctor or a specialist of the eye. I cannot believe this judge is allowed to sit on a bench and make up whatever story he wants about my vision and its allowed. Thats why the state has their own state appointed doctors. So that there can be an accurate and legally binding decision made about blindness. If it were up to the judges to decide without legal decisions from their own doctors it would be a farse like this. This is illegal and it is wrong to make up your own findings and decisions. Thats what medical doctors for the state are here for. To help people like me and keep people that lie from lying.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/27/2012 3:27:53 PM



On page 13 of 15 Judge Studzinski argued the opinion of "suzanne lee" saying he "thinks my vision is more like 25%I which does not meet ssa guidelines. He didnt bother to look at the signature of the doctor. Jason Brooks is my doctor. I was sent to him by the social security administration. Judge Studzinski is arguing that his own state appointed doctor for the social security administration. He states that the medical examiner for the state of indiana and representing the social security administration is incorrect. How could this be Judge Studinski? And his tests were included in the finding to support this. Those test results were in your opinion not satisfactory as commented at my hearing. Well, why do they have tests for blindness then? Why does the state of indiana employee state appointed doctors to tell social security the truth. Like I said, he wants to go above a medical experts decisionand create his own. What has happened to me is a tradegy and a disgrace. I hope this never happens to anyone else with this condition in any other state, by any other Judge.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/24/2012 11:20:22 AM



This is a continuation of my previous post. I was denied social security by judge studzinski on august 20th and today august 24th i recieved a letter from medicaid applied on june of 2012the saying I am eligible for medicaid for the BLIND starting september 1st 2012.This judge is not only less than zero he is bias, discriminatory, and sick. I am going BLIND for Gods sake and this man has the lowest respect I have ever had for another human being. If I can I am filing charges against him in Hammond federal court. This is a discrace against the needy and the blind and he should be made accountable for my poverty hunger and confinement to my house. I cant go get help from the guild for the blind, no, he said I should return to work. And p.s. the medicaid people said it was doctor jason brooks, social securities own doctor for the state of indiana that signed my papers for the blind and p.s.s attorney tom scully is the worst lawyer ive ever witnessed. I have never heard or seen such an unproffesional, missing half my documents, unprepared loser in my life. I am ashamed of the law that represented me and i am even more ashamed of judge studzinski.

elizabeth bissonette
Judge: Edward P Studzinski
8/23/2012 12:41:42 AM



Well I would have to give him less than zero. I am going blind due to an inherited eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. I have no periphreal vision left, I cannot see outside of the rim of my water glass. I have fallen down a flight of stairs leaving me with 2a bulges in my vertebrae, I was told by the state medical eye examiner that I am legally blind and am not allowed to drive. The depression from going blind is too much to bear, I cry almost every day. First my eyes are failing now I cant drive. I am a genetic defect and it is not my fault. This disease affects only. 05% of the entire world and there is no cure. It leads to complete tunnel vision, where you can only see through a hole, and then it leads to complete blindness. I waited 22before months in agony, hungry, worried,terrified because I cannot get the help I need, and then a denial by judge studzinski. I need more than anything to go to the guild for the blind in chicago where I was invited to learn braille and mobility training and join a support group. I am so mentally unstable with depression I cannot express my agony in words. There are no words to describe my fear. I have been dealing with the loss of vision since 2006. It is so far gone now that I am afraid I wont get the help I need when I go blind. I am terrified I wont be prepared. I dont know if I can make it as a blind person at all. I can thank judge studzinski for making my life worse than it has ever been. Close your eyes for an entire day and imagine being blind. I would rather be in a wheel chair with no arms or legs.I cry all day and it hurts so bad that noone will help someone going blind.


Judge: Edward P Studzinski
3/21/2012 7:10:55 AM



Judge has one of the highest denial rates in this office. Even though these hearings are non-adversarial, he conducts hearings as if claimants are on trial. One can tell he has already made up his mind before the hearing. Not surprising when you research his background -- he use to be the Attorney for the Office of General Counsel, Social Security Administration (in other words, he argued on behalf of SSA when claimants appealed their decision to the federal court). When giving hypotheticals to vocational experts, he conveniently leaves out key limitations. In short, go in planning to appeal -- therefore, make the record clear, object, and cross-examine witnesses so you can have appealable issues.



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