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Social Security Disability Hearing

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Once you have filed your initial application to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability benefits, your claim will be reviewed by an adjudicator and often will be denied. You can then file an appeal for another review that will be done by another adjudicator and once again your disability claim may be denied. You can then file an appeal requesting a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). At this point your disability file gets transferred from your local Social Security Administration office to the local Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) for your area. ODAR is where the ALJ's and their staff offices are located and where the Social Security Disability Hearing is held.
 
The Orlando ODAR office covers all disability claims arising from the Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Leesburg and Ocala, Florida SSA offices. Once your Social Security disability claim is ready for review by an ALJ, your claim will be scheduled for a hearing where the claimant will testify and usually a Vocational Expert (VE) will testify on whether the claimant can perform their past work or can adjust to other types of work. A Medical Expert (ME) may also testify as to the claimant's medical conditions but this is rather infrequent as the ALJ's usually rely on the claimant's medical records. 

The claimant will be questioned by their lawyer and by the ALJ about their physical and psychological conditions and limitations, medical treatment, prescriptions, work history, their daily activities and other similar types of questions. The ALJ will question the VE about  their opinions based on the claimant's age, education, residual functional limitations and employment history on whether the claimant can perform their prior work, and if not, are there any other jobs in the national economy that the claimant could perform. The claimant's lawyer has the right to cross-examine the VE and/or ME, object to evidence and advocate on behalf of the claimant to ensure a fair hearing. The ODAR Hearings usually last about an hour and a written decision will be issued typically within 30-60 days from the date of the hearing.
 
It is not advisable for a claimant to attend an ODAR Hearing without representation by an attorney as the claimant is not qualified to know and understand the rules and regulations of the SSA, object to evidence, cross-examine the experts, properly document the disability file and ensure that the claimant's rights are protected.
 
If you have any questions about Social Security disability, you can call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213, go to their website at www.ssa.gov or call The Nuebel Law Firm, P.A. at 407-703-5999 for a free consultation.

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