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An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has succeeded at years of tough education and training before being federally appointed to oversee hearings at Social Security disability court. It isn’t unusual for the judge presiding over your claim appeal to have presided over hundreds of claim appeals before yours.

Social Security Judges and Fairness

However, if you’ve been dealing with the claim appeal process for any amount of time, you’re probably starting to feel like the entire system is against you. What’s important to remember is that every judge, just like every applicant, is different: some personalities will click right away while others will not.

Advantage of working with a Houston disability benefits attorney:

In general, judges are more likely to reverse a denied claim when the applicant works with an attorney through the appeal process. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Attorneys in your jurisdiction have probably already worked with the judge assigned to your case. This means you go into the hearing with a sense of the judge’s style.
  • If your appeal is denied, your attorney is better able to tell you if it was due to a problem with your claim or related to the predispositions of the ALJ.
  • Attorneys know Social Security law, as well as what does—and doesn’t—get results in an appeal hearing.

Was your application for Social Security disability benefits denied? Learn more about your options by speaking with Morgan & Weisbrod. Call 800.800.6353 today. Also, request a copy of our free book, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know.

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by Paul B. Burkhalter
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.


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