The Social Security Hearing is a formal Hearing that is held at the Social Security Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in your area.
There are Hearing offices across the country and your Hearing will be held in the Hearing office or Hearing satellite office closest to your home.
The Hearing itself lasts approximately 30 minutes to an hour, and you can expect that there will be a judge, a Hearing clerk who records the proceedings, and that there may also be a Vocational Expert (a job expert) and possibly a Medical expert. The Vocational Expert might ask you questions about the work you used to do, just to understand and better classify the work. If you have a Medical Expert in your case, they usually do not ask you any questions and do NOT examine you; they are there at the Hearing only to give testimony to the judge about what impairments they believe you have based upon their review of your medical records.
During the Hearing the judge will probably ask you questions. If you have an attorney, the judge may turn it over to the attorney to ask you questions. The Hearing is your opportunity to tell the judge in your own words why you believe you are disabled. If you have an attorney, he or she will be able to prepare you for the Hearing, explaining the typical kinds of questions that are asked, and to give you a heads up about the kinds of questions that are loaded. They will be able to give you guidance on the best way to explain your answers.
If you have questions or need to file a disability clam contact Hartwig Law Firm at (508)732-8989 today.