If you click on the above link we have a video on YouTube that goes over the procedures for a phone hearing with Social Security for disability.
Some important things to remember:
1. The Judge is taking a fresh look at your case when it is at the hearing level. He or she is not bound by the prior decisions.
2. It is not a formal hearing as typical or usual Court hearings go. It's called an Administrative Hearing and there is less formality compared to other Court hearings.
3. The phone hearings usually take 30 mins to 1 hour and the Judge typically mails out the decision within 30 days.
4. Not all Judges are the same and some Judges will ask all the questions and other Judges will want your Attorney to ask all of the questions, in the latter case it can be more like a discussion of your disabilities and reasons why you cannot work.
5. The first part of the hearing usually goes over your work history for the last 15 years, reviewing physical and mental requirements of your previous jobs.
Remember, it is okay to have notes with you so you will not forget a list of your medications or all of your health conditions, etc. You paid into the system and you are entitled to benefits if you qualify. The Federal Government is there because of your contributions for taxes over your working lifetime. Keep that in mind if you feel as though the Judge or anyone else tries to make you feel differently.
Attorney David Pinyerd