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Disability Hearings

Disability hearings deal mostly with either the initial or the revised determination of one’s disability or impairment. Generally, the hearing addresses the issue of whether a claimant can be considered disabled or the claimant’s determined disability must be reviewed or revised.

Our skilled lawyer specializes in Social Security Disability issues and claims, having represented thousands of clients in Los Angeles and other parts of California. As experienced social security lawyers, we have represented clients in administrative law judge (ALJ) and the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), among others.

Disability hearings are often conducted by hearing officers who decide on the claimant’s issue based on medical records, work activity and sometimes, additional testimony from expert witnesses like doctors or therapist.

However, disability hearings may also be conducted based on the following reasons:

  1. If an individual has been receiving benefits based on a medical impairment that causes him to be disabled (Title XVI cases, blind or disabled)

  2. If the Social Security Administration has made an initial or revised determination based on medical factors, to decide whether one’s impairment is no longer a disability

  3. If a request for reconsideration or revision of determination has been made

In some cases, disability hearings are also conducted when a claimant is no longer disabled because his/her impairment had ceased, no longer exists, or no longer disabling.

Under the law, claimants are also entitled to ask and request for reconsideration on their claims.

When a claim is denied after initial determination, a claimant may ask for a review of the case by requesting for reconsideration. This is an opportunity for a claimant to present additional evidence to support his claim.

However, a claimant may disagree with the reconsideration decision and request hearing with the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). During the hearing, a claimant may present new information and will be asked to present expert witnesses.

As the final level of administrative review in a claimant’s case, the Appeals Council may review the request for review or deny it. If the Council decides to review the claimant’s case, it may either decide on the case or return it to the ALJ for further review.

If the Appeals Council decides not to review a case or the claimant disagrees with their decision, he/ she may file a lawsuit with the federal district court. In this critical stage of one’s claim, it is more advantageous for a claimant to seek the assistance of a skilled and experienced disability lawyer who can represent him in the hearings.

Our California disability claim attorney has more than 15 years of experience in representing clients in various social security disability hearings such as the administrative law judge (ALJ) and the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), and social security appeals board.

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