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

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
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?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria