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If there is new evidence before the hearing, can the disability judge make a decision without a hearing?

Yes, a decision can be made "on the record" which eliminates the need for an actual hearing to be held. This sometimes happens as the result of a request that was made by the claimant or their representative.

In some cases, the judge will issue an on the record decision without any prompting (when this occurs, the judge has most likely discovered that the disability examiner who worked on the case made a ridiculous error). Or it may be that the claimant's medical condition has gotten much worse and recent medical records obtained by the disability lawyer verify this.

How does a request for an on the record decision get made? If your case is being represented by a disability lawyer or representative, they can send a request to the director of the hearing office that has your case for an "on the record review" of the claim. If the judge reviews the case, it may potentially be approved, and if it is not then the hearing will still be scheduled.

If you are not represented, in all candor, I think it would be unlikely that you could send a credible request for such a review since these requests are predicated on a knowledge of how disability claims are decided. So, this is a good example of how having someone represent a claim, especially at the hearing level, can be beneficial.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

What is an on the record decision for a Social Security Disability or SSI case?
What if the examiner cannot find all the records?
What to do if you get a letter about your disability claim or appeal?
When does a disability attorney get paid and receive a fee?
What gets asked at the the disability Interview?
Who will decide my Social Security disability claim?
Help filing for disability benefits with Social Security
How long or short is the Social Security Medical exam?
Tips for SSD and SSI disability hearings
How long does it take for an examiner to review a disability case?
How Does A Disability Examiner Determine a Personís Functional Limitations?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives