At a hearing for Social Security disability benefits, your future income is at stake. An administrative law judge (ALJ) will review your case and make a determination about your eligibility.
Before your hearing:
- You and your representative, if you have one, should look over the evidence in your case file and gather new evidence.
- You will submit your case file and all assembled evidence when you request a hearing.
- Send any new evidence to the ALJ as soon as possible.
At your hearing:
- The ALJ will explain the issues in your case, and they may ask questions of you and any witnesses you bring.
- The ALJ may ask other witnesses, such as a vocational expert or doctor, to speak at your hearing.
- Under oath, you and the witnesses will answer the questions. Even though the hearing is informal, it will be recorded.
- If you have a representative, you may both submit evidence and question any witnesses.
After the Hearing
You won’t get a determination at the hearing. The ALJ will study all the evidence and then create a written decision. The judge will then send you and your representative a copy of the decision or dismissal order.
While knowing what to expect during your disability hearing is reassuring, nothing beats the security of having an experienced SSDI attorney in Muskegon to represent you. With a free initial consultation, face-to-face contact with your representative, and our focus on Social Security cases, you can rest assured that our Muskegon Social Security Disability lawyer has the experience to handle your case.
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