Administrative Judge Hearing

Administrative Judge Hearing

If you are unable to get a favorable decision in the reconsideration of your case, you can ask for an appeal. We will help you in the process by requesting that an administrative law judge look at your case. The administrative law judge is an impartial judge that has had no part in your case prior to our request. Once an impartial judge has been found, usually within 75 miles of where you live, the judge will tell you when and where your hearing will be. Before the hearing, the Social Security Administration may ask you to give them more information in your case. The evidence that they ask for is can be to clarify facts that they already know about, or it can be for entirely new facts. We can help you answer their questions and provide them with the information that they request. Their questions can be confusing or hard to answer, but we can help you organize and understand what they want. We can help you save your time and keep you from being overwhelmed by unclear or difficult questions. You need to give the Administration and the judge accurate and adequate information, but it can be difficult if you don’t have help. We help our clients make sure they are prepared for the judge.

There may also be a video conference hearing, which you can learn more about here.

At the hearing you and any witnesses will be questioned by the administrative judge. The administrative judge will swear you and any witnesses in, and you will be under oath, which means that false testimony could be punished or used against you. You may be unfamiliar with hearings. Legal proceedings can be confusing or even frightening if you are not familiar with them. You have a right to represent yourself, but we can help you. If you contact us, we will be there with you in the hearing. We will be on your side and help you get the witnesses that you need. There might be other witnesses called too. The other witnesses can vary widely, but they could be medical or vocational experts. We will prepare for an question the experts. We will help ensure that you get a fair hearing.

After the hearing is over, the judge will make a decision using all of the information from your previous case and any new information that was given at the hearing by you or other witnesses. After the judge has made a decision, the Social Security Administration will send you and us a letter and a copy of the judge’s decision. Hopefully at this point we will have helped you get a favorable decision, but we can’t guarantee that. If you are not satisfied with the administrative judge’s opinion, we will ask the Appeals Council to review the decision.