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Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

How do I see a judge for my Social Security Disability case or SSI Claim?

Judges play a role in the Social Security Disability and SSI disability appeal process at different levels. For most claimants, a judge will be involved if their case is denied on a disability application and then denied on the first appeal, which is a request for reconsideration. After a reconsideration appeal has been denied, a claimant may request a hearing before an ALJ, or administrative law judge.

The ALJ disability hearing is the only level of the appeal system at which a claimant will actually encounter and interact with a judge. This is because of the nature of the administrative law judge hearing.

The hearing is held, for the most part, so that claimants can have an official of the social security administration review of the decisions that were made by disability examiners on a claimant's initial claim and reconsideration appeal. The fact that the hearing is conducted by a judge who, although employed by the social security administration, does not have any ties to the social security management structure, or disability determination services (DDS, where examiners work on claims), helps ensure a level of fairness.

The hearing also allows a disability case to be evaluated in a manner that is completely, in some regards, different from the process employed at lower levels of the system. Whereas on a disability application or reconsideration appeal, the decision will be made by a disability examiner with practically no input from a claimant or a claimant's representative, a Social Security Disability hearing will actually allow a claimant to appear before the decision-maker (an administrative law judge) and present their case.

The fact that they may also be accompanied by a representative, who is typically a practicing social security attorney, means that the claimant can have the opportunity to offer a skilled presentation of their case, complete with an understanding of how the case may have been improperly considered at earlier steps and how a claimant's medical record truly warrants a finding of disability.

continued at: Medical Evidence and Appearing at the ALJ Hearing for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com 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.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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