Requesting a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge

hearing before an administrative law judge

We recently published an article about filing a “Request for Reconsideration.” Now, we want to help you know what to do if that request is denied. If it is, you have 60 days to file an additional appeal. This appeal is a request for a “hearing before an administrative law judge.”

What Is a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge?

In a hearing before an administrative law judge, you can argue your case for benefits.

  • The judge examines your case and asks you questions.
    • They may ask your doctors and other experts for their opinions.
  • You can give testimony about your medical condition and its effect on you.
    • A disability attorney can represent you and argue your case.
    • You will be under oath, so you must be completely honest and truthful.
  • This hearing is very important in your fight for benefits, so it is important to prepare.

How Can I Prepare for a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge?

  • Your secret weapon is a Residual Functional Capacity form. Ask your doctor about filling out this form.
  • Choose your words carefully. Using words like “never” and “always” when discussing your condition can hurt you. Judges will be skeptical of their truthfulness.
    • An attorney can help you make the strongest argument for your claim.

How Successful Are the Hearings?

Only 32% of claims which reach hearings are denied. However, it can take up to 16 months to get a hearing before an administrative law judge. During this waiting period, you should continue to get medical treatment. If you do not receive treatment, it will be difficult to prove that you have a severe disability.

As we mentioned, a skilled disability attorney can make the hearing process much easier. At Summit Disability Law Group, we can help you during a hearing and all other stages of a disability claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Photo “Old Court Room” copyright by Ed Bierman.