The Social Security Administration (SSA) rejects the vast majority of applications for disability benefits. Fortunately, applicants have the option of appealing the SSA’s decision. During the appeals process, applicants must attend a hearing with an administrative law judge. This hearing can take place in-person, but many applicants choose video hearings instead. Here’s what you should know about this option:
In-Person vs. Video Hearings
The only difference between in-person and video hearings is the location in which they are conducted. All of the parties are in the same room during an in-person hearing. During a video hearing, the parties are not located in the same room. Instead, each party watches and communicates with the administrative law judge through a video monitor. Each party must travel to a local Social Security video hearing location in order to participate in the hearing.
How Do Video Hearings Work?
The SSA will tell you where to go to attend your video hearing. Be sure to tell your attorney the time, date, and location of your hearing. Once you arrive, a technician will set up the equipment so you can participate in the hearing. You will be able to see, hear, and speak to the judge just as you would in an in-person hearing.
Even though you are communicating via video, the hearing is completely private. The audio feed from the hearing is recorded, but the video feed is not.
Benefits of Video Hearings
The SSA’s network of video hearing locations is rapidly growing. In fact, the SSA believes that most people are probably closer to a video hearing location than they are to an in-person hearing location. For this reason, applicants may find it more convenient to choose the video hearing option.
The SSA also tends to schedule video hearings faster than in-person hearings. This is one of the biggest benefits of choosing a video hearing since most applicants are in a hurry to obtain benefits.
Some applicants also find that a video hearing is less intimidating than an in-person hearing. Applicants may feel more relaxed and less nervous when speaking to an administrative law judge through a monitor as opposed to face-to-face. Staying calm may make it easier for you to clearly communicate your thoughts, which could positively impact the outcome of your case.
Has your application for Social Security disability benefits been rejected? If so, the experienced attorneys at Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. can help. We help disabled individuals file appeals and fight for the benefits they are entitled to by law. Call us now at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with a skilled attorney.