The Social Security Disability Hearing Office
Disability applicants who are denied disability benefits can appeal their medical decision through the Social Security Disability appeal process.
A disability hearing before an administrative law judge is the second level of the appeal process. Administrative law judges usually conduct their disability hearings at the disability hearing office. Generally, each state has regional ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) offices located throughout the state so that the offices are convenient to disability applicants who lack transportation or have difficulty traveling long distances.
However, if a disability applicant is unable to attend a hearing at their local ODAR office they may be able to do their hearing via video conference with an administrative law judge.
ODAR has ten regional offices, 161 hearing offices (including seven satellite offices), five national hearing centers, and two national case assistance centers. ODAR has about one thousand three hundred administrative law judges along with nearly seven thousand support staff to conduct their business.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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