West Virginia Social Security Disability Office Under Fire

The situation surrounding administrative law judge David Daugherty from West Virginia continues to grow worse. Daugherty was the target of a Wall Street Journal investigation that uncovered Social Security judges who approved disability cases at unusually high rates. Now the chief judge of the same court in which Daugherty sat is giving up his managerial post in the midst of the investigation.

Chief Judge Charlie Andrus plans to stay on as a judge, but will no longer be running the office, which he has been doing since 1997. Part of the controversy stems from the fact that Daugherty approved some disability cases that originally belonged to other judges or were pending assignment. Andrus put a stop to that practice when The Wall Street Journal contacted him about Daugherty. More information about the Social Security Disability benefits process is available from a Tulsa Social Security Disability lawyer.

Some accuse Andrus and other supervisors in the West Virginia Social Security Disability office of failing to act earlier because Daugherty helped the office meet monthly goals. Understaffed and facing an exponentially growing number of cases, Social Security staff and administrative law judges, critics suspect, sometimes sacrifice quality for the sake of quantity. Assistance in navigating the Social Security Disability benefits application process is available from a Tulsa Social Security Disability attorney.

    I didn't think there was a caring professional considerate attorney firm on the planet, but Troutman & Troutman proved me wrong. From the receptionist to the legal assistance to the attorney and more they were exceptional people.

    - Robert S.

    They did a fantastic job getting everything gathered up and getting the trial done as quickly as possible. Anytime I had a question they were patient and help me understand what was going on. Especially Christy and Charlie were great.

    - Michael M.

    Steve Troutman was able to get my short-term and long-term disability for me. Then Erin another lawyer for their firm got my Social security disability for me. Great people.

    - Billy S.

    Mr. Troutman walked me through the entire process. Heather was available each time I called, answered all my crazy questions, and helped me fill out forms along the way. I was never treated like I was wasting time.

    - Julia C.

    Erin and Keith were fabulous! They were compassionate, helpful, and very responsive! They made the process very smooth and painless every step of the way.

    - Valerie W.

We Are Here to Help 

Free & Confidential Consultations
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.