If you have initially been denied Social Security disability benefits and did not get Social Security examiners to change their decision as part of a reconsideration process, then your next step is to appear in front of an administrative law judge for a disability hearing.
As it is with all the other steps of filing a Social Security disability claim, the better prepared you are, the better your chances are of being approved for benefits.
Prior to a hearing, a judge will have a chance to review your files and will be familiar with your case. The hearing he conducts may last as little as 15 minutes or may go as long as an hour, depending on the number of questions the judge asks, and whether or not there is a need for medical experts to testify either on your behalf or as part of the court’s inquiry process.
If you are not familiar with the court system, a hearing can be a daunting exercise, and for this reason, many people choose to hire an attorney to assist them. But even with an attorney on board, the judge may ask the applicant questions directly, minimizing the involvement and impact an attorney may have during the hearing. Each case is different, and each judge is different, so it is impossible to gauge how the actual hearing may proceed.