If you have requested an administrative law judge hearing in your Social Security disability case, you want to take every step possible to present a clear and convincing argument to your judge. Since disability hearings typically last only about 45 minutes to an hour, there is little time to waste. Read more from me about disability hearings – click here.
Generally the first 15 to 20 minutes of your hearing will involve procedural and background material. Vocational witness testimony at the end of your hearing will take 10 to 15 minutes, which means that the judge will expect you and your attorney to present the main points of your case within 30 to 40 minutes.
As the claimant – the person seeking disability benefits – you can and should rely on your lawyer to prepare a thoughtful argument and direct examination questions that he can ask you to help the judge get a sense of your credibility and honesty. It goes without saying that your lawyer should request and submit medical evidence so that your file will be complete.