What is an Administrative Law Judge?

An ALJ conducts hearings to decide if you are disabled under the law.

If your Social Security Disability claim has been denied twice, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge ― ALJ for short. An Administrative Law Judge is an authority appointed by the federal government to conduct Social Security Disability appeals hearings.

Each year, more than 1,500 ALJs render over 600,000 decisions at the hearing level. ALJs are experienced, licensed attorneys who have undergone extensive training regarding Social Security Disability laws, regulations and hearing procedures.

Before your Disability hearing, an ALJ will review your case file, which contains your medical records, work history and information about your daily activities. During the hearing, the ALJ will question you under oath about your condition and allow you to present any new evidence and call witnesses. This is your opportunity to tell your side of the story.

The ALJ may also call a Medical Expert or a Vocational Expert to testify during the proceeding in an effort to get a complete picture of your condition and limitations. At the conclusion of hearing, the Administrative Law Judge will evaluate all of the evidence and issue a written decision, which will be sent to you at a later date.

Statistics show that Administrative Law Judges are more likely to approve claims from applicants who have an attorney, rather than those who represent themselves. Social Security Disability hearings are a lot like trials and skilled Disability attorneys know how to best present evidence, cross-examine witnesses and deliver powerful arguments.

The experienced Disability lawyers at McDonald Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients during Disability hearings before Administrative Law Judges across the country. It would be our privilege to represent you, too. Give us a call at 855-702-9061.

 We hope you found this information helpful. Please visit our Disability FAQ page to see other questions like, “What is an Administrative Law Judge.

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