What is the Administrative Law Judge Hearing?
This is the third step in the claim process. If your request for reconsideration is denied you have 60 days to request a hearing. This step involves an Administrative Law Judge and frequently includes expert Medical and Vocational testimony. You will be sworn in and the judge will question you directly regarding your medical problems and why they interfere with you ability to work. Your representative or attorney will be able to ask questions and cross examine any of the witnesses that appear on your behalf. Your representative or attorney can also question any expert requested to testify by the Judge. Any statements made or evidence provided will be included in the official record. After the hearing the judge will issue a written decision awarding or denying benefits. On rare occasions the judge will announce a decision at the end of the hearing or sometimes issue an “On Record Decision” without a hearing. On record decisions are generally the result of a pre-hearing brief prepared an