Marietta Disability Lawyer, Dorine E. Preis, explains disability hearings

Social Security disability hearings are designed to be less formal and more comfortable than a courtroom trial. One of the key differences between a disability hearing and a court trial is evident in the number of people present at the hearing. However, even though a disability hearing tends to be informal, you are strongly advised to contact a knowledgeable and skilled Marietta disability lawyer who can help you prepare and give you the support you will need at the hearing.

There will be a minimum of three people at your hearing. Each will be seated at a conference table. Besides you, and your Marietta disability lawyer, there will be the administrative law judge (ALJ) and his assistant. The assistant may sit with the rest of you at the conference table or at a smaller table. The assistant’s job is to make a recording of the hearing.

Either your disability lawyer and/or the ALJ may request the testimony of a vocational or medical expert. These witnesses will also be seated at the conference table. Additional witnesses may be allowed to remain in the hearing room during your testimony or be asked to leave immediately after their testimony. Any additional people allowed into the hearing room will need your permission. You are allowed to have observers, but they cannot interfere with anyone’s testimony or assist you in answering any questions.

Moreover, in cases involving mental impairment, the claimant should not be present in the hearing room during his or her witness’s testimony. The reason is that such claimants tend to become upset with these testimonies, which could ultimately affect the testimony of the witnesses.

Although a Social Security disability hearing is definitely less formal than a court trail, you still need to properly prepare so as not to jeopardize the success of your case. Therefore, it is imperative that you are represented by a skilled Marietta disability lawyer who can help you properly prepare for your hearing. For more information, contact Marietta disability lawyer Dorine E. Preis.