The Administrative Law Judge
As a Sebring Social Security disability attorney will tell you, a Social Security disability is nowhere near as formal as a court hearing. You will appear before an administrative law judge; however, the hearing is not adversarial. In other words, you are not there to be found guilty of anything.
Instead, the hearing is held to find out if you are disabled and eligible for benefits. The SSA says that it doesn’t take ‘sides’ in disability cases. The SSA sees its responsibility as giving benefits to people with disabilities and denying benefits to people who are not disabled.
According to a Sebring Social Security disability lawyer, the ALJ is a neutral party who looks at the facts. Around 60 percent of claimants who have hearings are granted disability benefits. While the role of the ALJ is to be impartial, ALJs are human, so there will be differences among ALJs. Some might be hard to convince, while others will be very generous, says a Sebring Social Security disability attorney.
Evidence at the Hearing
Your lawyer will collect evidence to prepare for your hearing with an ALJ. Evidence will include documentary evidence such as medical opinions and medical records. In addition, your Sebring Social Security disability attorney will question, or examine, witnesses and present witnesses’ testimony. The most important thing that your Sebring Social Security disability attorney will do is to present your disability case in the best possible light to demonstrate that you are disabled and should qualify for benefits.
Your Sebring Social Security disability lawyer should not treat the ALJ as an adversary, or enemy, even when making arguments against the ALJ’s opinion. A good judge will let your attorney know if he or she has a problem with some aspect of the case. This is not to create an argument, instead, it gives your lawyer the chance to defend your case.
Your Sebring Social Security disability attorney is allowed to present evidence that would not be considered admissible in a court. In addition, there are usually no strict deadlines for submitting evidence, although this is changing.
If your Sebring Social Security disability lawyer is having trouble getting a piece of evidence, the ALJ might be able to wait until after the hearing to receive the evidence or issue a subpoena for it.
Your Appearance at the Hearing
You can appear before the ALJ by video conference or in person. If you don’t want to appear by video, you don’t have to.
If you have questions about Social Security disability and would like to speak with a Sebring Social Security disability attorney, please call the attorneys at Kaylor, Kaylor & Leto, at 1 (800) 900-7734.