Richard Thrasher , Minneapolis, Minnesota ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2018 *fiscal year, Judge Richard Thrasher has disposed 86 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Out of those 86 dispostions, 22 were dismissed, 41 were approved and 23 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Thrasher has approved in Minneapolis for the 2018 fiscal year is 48%. The information below for Judge Richard Thrasher was last updated on 3/9/2018.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Minneapolis 2012 45 39 13 26 13%58%29%
Minneapolis 2013 501 427 218 209 15%42%44%
Minneapolis 2014 510 439 231 208 14%41%45%
Minneapolis 2015 293 241 111 130 18%44%38%
Minneapolis 2016 257 198 86 112 23%44%33%
Minneapolis 2017 240 199 83 116 17%48%35%
Minneapolis 2018 86 64 23 41 26%48%27%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Richard ThrasherNo Stats for FY 2019
All ALJs in Minneapolis Office 21% 48% 31%
All ALJs in Minnesota21%48%31%
All ALJs in the Nation21%43%36%
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Judge: Richard Thrasher
3/7/2018 5:16:51 PM

I waited nearly 2-1/2 years before getting a hearing before Judge Thrasher. In the meantime, I had had numerous rounds of physical therapy; back and hip injections; two back surgeries with another pending; and two hip surgeries, the second of which was a total replacement. Not enough time was scheduled for the first hearing, so it was delayed another four months. Information he requested was submitted within 10 days of the first hearing, and I faxed a letter that the information had been submitted, requesting a final hearing date. Less than three weeks later, I received a letter threatening a decision since the information had no been received -- clearly, my letter had not even been read. I was told I could not get another hearing until February, so I responded saying, fine, then go ahead and make the threatened decision so we can move on. That was denied, and a hearing was scheduled for December. At the end of that hearing, he said that he found the initial findings of non-disability were incorrect; but that he would not issue a decision that day. Three months later, with another surgery pending in a few weeks and the very real possibility of losing my apartment (relayed in another letter to the judge), he has yet to write a decision. He is aware I was essentially orphaned before the age of 5 and grew up in foster care and lack a safety net; yet he still fails to act. Perhaps he will finally make a decision after I become homeless and am unreachable.

Judge: Richard Thrasher
6/5/2017 8:30:49 PM

I disagree he assumes to much and if there is doubt he will hold it against you with his version of why he assumes something negative. For example: A client with a roommate are in an ACP program...he assumed they are enrolled to avoid creditors and possibly to hide from the law. Rather than accepting that programs such as this encourage all parties in the shared household to enlist proactively. This client before SSA ruined his life had a 798 FICO score....hardly the type of person who would have to hide from creditors. The client also had no legal issues to fear other than the assumptions of the SSA. He also assumes that SSA will have current up-to-date medical information on-file regarding disability issues when a client has been approved for over 15 years and health issues change and there would be no need to have ongoing medical information on-file after a person has won their disability. So if a concern is not in the file than it is assumed the client is lying about their health (not truly disabled per the Judges assumptions). So say the client has a head injury and that causes seizures which is common. But the head injury is not the reason his disability was approved....than the Judge assumes you are lying because head injury was not listed as the reason for disability being granted?! Oh and how about this...a person who has been a victim of ID theft and fraud...they legally change their name in sealed court but the fact that they have had more than one name makes them a dishonest person...rather than figuring out why they have legally changed their name. These are but a few examples of how this judge screws up .... This Judge is the king of cherry picking facts to fit his case and explaining away any exoneration of contrary evidence as not good enough. Sometimes facts can be used to fit a scenario but they are not telling of the whole truth. Facts can often be molded to fit assumptions. But he can chose to interpret them as he desires because he wears a robe. How about a person with a substantial TBI....often they do not have the ability to recall information or to do so accurately but if you tell this judge anything and it happens to be incorrect than that makes you not credible and a liar (even when non intentional). Often people with moderate head injury will fill in the facts without knowing that things are not completely factual or in order. That is not intentional dishonest but you will never get this judge to agree with that. With TBI a person may not be aware that their version of something isn't in line with other peoples estimate of events.

Timothy W. Jones
Judge: Richard Thrasher
9/20/2014 11:48:39 AM

ALJ RICHARD THRASHER was fair, thorough, & very professional. Make sure you have all your medical records up to date & complete. He rules his courtroom w/ a kindness but don't be fooled, he's very astute and perceptive, so remember to come w/ your A-game, meaning be very honest, detailed in your description of your disibility & forthright. ALJ R. THRASHER is a good JUDGE because I believe he cares about those of us who are really disabled.

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