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When a Social Security Disability judge reviews your claim

When a person files a Request for Hearing Review, they are asking that an administrative law judge review their disability claim to make a determination as to whether or not they are disabled. But they would not be doing so if the case had not been previously denied so, in essence, a person who files a request for hearing before an ALJ is also asking that the prior denial, or denials, be overturned.

The judge will essentially do what a disability examiner did on the initial disability application. Meaning that the judge will review the medical evidence available to see if you meet or equal a disability listing in the Social Security Disability list of impairments.

If you do not, and most claims do not get approved this way, then the judge will review both your medical evidence and work history (unless you are a child and then school records may take the place of vocational records) to see if you satisfy the definition of disability through the SSA sequential evaluation process which takes into account a personís work skills, age, education, and physical and/or mental limitations.

Cases that go to the hearing level involve a substantial amount of waiting. Hearings are not scheduled immediately and are subject to very long backlogs in most states. This is why the total wait time on any disability claim, from the denial of an application to the holding of a hearing can easily consume three years. This process can also involve a significant wait for someone at ODAR to review your disability case to see if there is a possibility that an immediate favorable decision can be made without the need for an administrative law judge hearing.

If they (generally an attorney adjudicator) determine an allowance is likely, they will refer it to an ALJ for an OTR decision. An on-the-record decision is simply a medical decision based on the information contained in your disability claim file. If the OTR decision is actually an approval, you will not have to go to a hearing.

Bear in mind, on the record decisions are not the rule, but the exception.

If you donít get an OTR approval, your disability claim will be scheduled for a disability hearing with an ALJ. Of course, this is usually what happens in the vast majority of all claims.

At this point, you will just have to be patient it takes time to get a disability hearing, Generally, it takes 12-24 months to get a hearing depended on the backlogs at your areaís disability hearing office.

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For the sake of clarity, is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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