Indiana Social Security Disability Law Firm In this blog, an attorney with an Indiana Social Security disability law firm explains what to expect when you request a hearing.
The Attorney Advisor
Normally, examination of a case by an attorney advisor takes place once your request for the hearing is received but prior to the date on which the hearing is scheduled. Your Indiana Social Security disability lawyer may teleconference with the attorney advisor to provide information in addition to what is contained in the file. If the attorney advisor decides in your favor, the need for a hearing is eliminated unless you make a request to continue with the hearing within 30 days of the decision. The decision will be reevaluated by the Appeals Council rather than an administrative law judge. 20 C.F.R. § 404.942.
When You Appear
Hearings may be held face-to-face or via teleconference. If you would rather attend in person, the ALJ must schedule your hearing accordingly. 20 C.F.R. § 404.936(d) and (e).
The Actual Hearing
A disability hearing is neither a battle nor a trial. Evidence normally not admitted in court may be acceptable in a hearing. 20 C.F.R. § 404.950(c). Testimony from experts may be received either in person or via teleconference. 20 C.F.R. § 404.936(c). The entire proceeding is recorded and everyone who testifies is duly sworn in. The ALJ’s decision is given in written form when the hearing is over. 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.929 et seq.
Help Is Available
You do not have to face the prospect of a Social Security disability hearing alone. Contact Martin Barnes, your Indiana Social Security disability law firm, by calling 317-804-5058 today. His practice emphasizes social security disability and estate planning and probate. Mr. Barnes is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (Estate Planning and Administration Section) and the Indiana State Bar Association. Call us today.