Social Security Administrative Law Judges

Mar 03, 2011 No Comments by

Social Security Administrative Law Judges, also known as ALJs, try to apply the complicated Social Security law to the cases of individual Social Security disability claimants. It is a difficult job since the laws are complicated and the cases are so varied.

There are between 1,200 and 1,300 Social Security Administrative Law Judges. All are lawyers. A few worked for Social Security before becoming an Administrative Law Judge but most come in with no Social Security experience. They are hired through a complex process and are trained in Social Security law. Many lawyers try for years to become a Social Security ALJ.

Social Security Administrative Law Judges vary in the way they make decisions. Some Social Security Administrative Law Judges approve a high percentage of the claimants whose cases they hear. Some approve only a small percentage. Social Security makes statistics available on the approvals and denials of each ALJ.

It is important to remember that each of the Social Security Administrative Law Judges tries to be fair in each case. Displaying anger or hostility towards a Social Security ALJ is a bad idea for many reasons but also unfair to the ALJ.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.