Martha Bower , Providence, Rhode Island ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2019 *fiscal year, Judge Martha Bower has disposed 389 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Providence, Rhode Island. Out of those 389 dispostions, 92 were dismissed, 102 were approved and 195 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Bower has approved in Providence for the 2019 fiscal year is 26%. The information below for Judge Martha Bower was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Providence 2010 585 444 208 236 24%40%36%
Providence 2011 647 508 216 292 21%45%33%
Providence 2012 752 577 281 296 23%39%37%
Providence 2013 656 515 312 203 21%31%48%
Providence 2014 635 465 315 150 27%24%50%
Providence 2015 548 402 250 152 27%28%46%
Providence 2016 524 380 256 124 27%24%49%
Providence 2017 471 343 232 111 27%24%49%
Providence 2018 204 132 74 58 35%28%36%
Providence 2019 389 297 195 102 24%26%50%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Martha BowerNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in Providence Office 23% 40% 38%
All ALJs in Rhode Island23%40%38%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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Pinky Schultz
Judge: Martha Bower
1/24/2020 9:28:43 PM

I have been awaiting disability since 2016. The discs in my back are deteriorated and my ability to stand or sit for more than a minute or two is gone. I also have severe anxiety and panic disorder accompanied by agoraphobia. The judge told me I had to wait 8-12 weeks for a decision. I got my decision 2 weeks later. She did NOT review my case, she denied me ON SIGHT. She is an awful human being and an awful judge of character. She ruined my life.

Brenda Sousa Moore
Judge: Martha Bower
12/23/2019 5:39:24 PM

I am thankful for Judge Martha Bower. Disability is something that I never envisioned needing . I have been beside myself with the way that my life has been altered ( as has everyone around me). I still am , but Judge Bower has eased the burden of how I will survive financially for now . I hope to continue to make strides to improve & also hope to get back to work . In the interim I am grateful for her . She was a no nonsense , focused and decisive Judge . I learned that she was a career military person prior to her position as a Judge . I obviously have the utmost respect for this woman that sounds like she has been part of the solution for her entire life.

Carolynn King (gedgaudas)
Judge: Martha Bower
11/26/2019 6:43:41 AM

Judge Bower heard my case in 2009. I had a terrible lawyer that I had never met. When he found out she was the judge he told me I already lost my case. I was terrified. Yes she asked tough questions. She was intimidating. She was also thorough, let me tell my story, listened carefully and reviewed everything with caution. She continued my case to send me to her doctors. My lawyer hadn’t seen her do this before. At the next meeting after listening to what her doctors had to say, she not only approved my case but went back to the day I could no longer work. She saved my life. Fast forward 10 years... my health is still declining but thanks to her I have had the time to get a lot of answers as to why and I am in a better place emotionally. I think of her frequently. She gets a bad rap and I understand people being upset for being denied. However she does her job thoroughly and looks at everything presented to her and in my case she looked beyond before making her decision. Any other Judge may have denied me because my lawyer was so incompetent. But she recognized that and essentially advocated a fair hearing for me before making a decision. I will always be grateful not just for the approval but for the heavy decisions she needs to make on a daily basis that are so important in people’s lives. Imagine the burden of having to decide people’s fate. I wouldn’t want that responsibility. So don’t fear Judge Bower, understand the pressure these Judges are under on a daily basis. Understand the responsibility that comes with their position and how difficult it is for them. Appreciate the ones that look deeper. I know being denied is terrifying, frustrating and exhausting but it’s not their fault that they have to weed through and figure out who truly needs the help and who is playing the system. There are so many. It’s those that don’t want to work that make things difficult. Also be grateful that we live in a country that affords us the opportunity to care for ourselves when we can’t work. For living in a country where we have support and medical care at our fingertips. There are other countries that don’t have this option. Even had she denied my case, I would still have no choice but to respect her for how she did her job and tried to see me, not just my file. Definitely don’t be afraid of Judge Bower.

Judge: Martha Bower
3/22/2019 5:11:20 PM

Maybe this judge will someday be held accountable for her aweful decisions once someone kills themselves. I dont know how she lays her head down at night and sleeps...

Judge: Martha Bower
4/9/2018 6:12:32 PM

Over 72% denials, my lawyer dropped my strong case after finding out we got Bowers. ANY of the others are better than this woman, There is a special place in hell for you! The other judges have a more reasonable demeanor and approval percentage. Unless your terminal she wont approve. You should be removed from the job due to extreme bias! Unreal this corrupt state is.

Judge: Martha Bower
7/21/2017 9:27:49 AM

Miss bower should be ashamed of herself she's a disgrace to the law. I won't even call her a judge. She's a person who interrogates applicant's in the court room. The court also has a doctor who looks for every way NOT to approve you. Then there's a vocational person who just a troll. Here's the million dollar question to all of you. With all the issue I have, the surgeries, pain meds, (you're not supposed even drive when take pain meds) I haven't stopped seeing doctors the whole time I've been waiting for your denial. Im still going to doctors- knowing everything there is to know. If you owned a business that you, the court doctor, and troll said I qualified for would you take a chance and hire me? NO!!! You wouldn't.

Judge: Martha Bower
6/6/2017 5:43:22 PM

58% denied wow

Judge: Martha Bower
6/5/2017 1:04:52 PM

My lawyer stop my disability case when she find out she was the judge

Judge: Martha Bower
10/21/2016 10:06:32 AM

This judge has no clue and no heart to people's everyday life style basically if she isn't having a good day no one is

Daniel Ferro
Judge: Martha Bower
12/13/2015 4:10:55 PM

This judge is bias and never issues approval for disability benefits.

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