Rapport With the Administrative Law Judge
Well before your disability hearing, your Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer will explain the hearing process. Additionally, your Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer will tell you about the important people who will likely be at the hearing, including the administrative law judge.
Role of the Administrative Law Judge While the administrative law judge, or ALJ, may not wear a robe or insist on common courtroom practices like standing up when he or she enters the room, your Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer will insist that you pay him or her the same amount of respect as any other judge. The ALJ's role is to make a decision about your case and whether you are entitled to benefits. Additionally, your Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer can explain that the ALJ's decision is not to be influenced by the denial you received from your application and for your reconsideration. In fact, about 50 percent of ALJs rule in favor of the claimant, an amount that your Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer can explain represents your best odds. The ALJ will try to get a clear understanding of the issues involved in the case.
Dealing With Emotions While your Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer certainly understands your frustration at the disability benefits process, this information is not proper to convey to the ALJ. Your Atlanta Social Security disability attorney can explain that even though you have been denied twice with little reason given for the denial, this anger should not be misdirected at the ALJ. Additionally, your Atlanta Social Security disability attorney will explain that the best way for you to communicate with the ALJ is as if he is an old acquaintance with whom you are catching up after not seeing each other for a long time. In this manner, your Atlanta Social Security disability attorney can instruct you to use regular conversational words, not words that too legally or medically technical.
If you have any questions about the hearing process, an Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer can help. Contact the Law Office of Louis B. Lusk at 404-250-7000 to schedule a confidential consultation.