Hearing – Judges
Facts About A Hearing For Social Security Disability Benefits
Your hearing for Social Security Disability benefits will be heard by an administrative law judge (ALJ). It is not as formal as a court hearing and there won’t be an adversarial back-and-forth. The Social Security Administration won’t have an attorney and claims to be evenhanded.
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The ALJ is a finder of fact. Benefits are given to approximately 60 percent people who have a hearing. Some ALJs are more difficult than others and approve a smaller number of appeals. Your lawyer will provide all the information – medical records, opinions and other evidence – for the hearing.
Your appearance at the hearing can be in person or via video. The ALJ has subpoena power if your lawyer is having issues getting specific pieces of evidence.
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