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Social Security Hearing

Posted on:5/13/2013
Social security disability hearings usually take place in an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).

However, your hearing might take place in a motel conference room, post office, or even a community meeting room. The rooms are the size of a medium-sized office with a table or two in the middle. The judge will sit at the head of the table or even on a slightly raised bench. You can have an experienced social security disability attorney represent you at the hearing.


These are private matters so the general public is not allowed to observe. There will be a judge’s assistant who will come to the waiting area and get you when it is time for the hearing to begin. The assistant’s main function is to record the hearing. The judge will introduce him/herself and everyone present. The judge will ask everyone who is going to testify to give an oath (or affirm) to tell the truth.


There is no opposing counsel waiting to pounce on a minor discrepancy in your testimony—but some judges act like an opposing counsel. There may also be from zero to three experts in the hearing room. Your judge may have heard hundreds of cases and know a lot of information about the major medical diagnoses—but they do not know everything. Do not assume they know anything about a seldom seen disease. Nor can you assume they even know every aspect of Social Security law that might benefit you.

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