A hearing for Social Security benefits is conducted before an administrative law judge, also known as an ALJ. It is not as formal as a traditional court hearing. Although the Social Security Administration doesn’t have an attorney representing them during a Social Security disability benefits hearing, it is essential for any claimants attending a hearing to have legal representation in their behalf. A Social Security disability benefits lawyer is the best way to ensure the most favorable outcome possible and getting your application approved.
The majority of the time, an ALJ will approve approximately 60 percent of all claimants during a hearing. However, this still needs there is a 40 percent chance of getting denied. When there is so much at stake, 40 percent is much too high and not having a lawyer by your side during the hearing will only make this figure increase.
Did you know?
Not all hearings are done in person.
In fact, there is sometimes the option of having a Social Security disability benefits hearing via video teleconference. This is a good option for those whose disability makes it very difficult to attend a face-to-face meeting.