What happens at an ALJ Disability Hearing?
Before the hearing:
- You and your representative, if you have one, may look at the evidence in your case file and submit new evidence.
- It is very important that you submit as soon as possible any additional evidence you want the Administrative Law Judge to consider. If you do not have it when you request a hearing, send it to the Administrative Law Judge as soon as you can.
At the hearing:
- The Administrative Law Judge explains the issues in your case and may question you and any witnesses you bring to the hearing.
- The Administrative Law Judge may ask other witnesses, such as a doctor or vocational expert, to come to the hearing.
- You and the witnesses answer questions under oath. The hearing is informal but is recorded.
- You and your representative, if you have one, may question any witnesses and submit evidence.
After the hearing:
- The Administrative Law Judge issues a written decision after studying all the evidence.
- The Administrative Law Judge sends you and your representative a copy of the decision or dismissal order.