Is a Social Security hearing like going to state court?

The hearings are fairly informal. The only people likely to be there are the judge, a hearings office employee or a contractor recording the hearing using a laptop computer and software, the claimant, the claimant’s attorney, and anyone else the claimant has brought with him or her to testify. In almost all cases, the Judge has a vocational expert present to testify at the hearing. There is no jury or spectators at the hearing.

Once in a while the Judge will arrange for a medical doctor to also appear by video or telephone. There is no jury nor are there any spectators at the hearing. Close to 50% will receive benefits after a hearing but that is an average because we have some Judges who are more reluctant than others to grant benefits. Having an attorney will definitely increase your chances on getting a favorable decision.

William Wombacher, your Central Illinois Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and Social Security Disability Specialist. I’ll help you! Call me at 309-674-8125, visit at Serving Peoria, East Peoria, Peoria Heights, Pekin, Dunlap, Chillicothe, Morton, Washington, Metamora, Canton, Galesburg, Lacon, Henry, Bloomington, Normal and surrounding cities and counties of Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton and Knox Counties in Central Illinois.


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