Things You Should Know About Your Disability Hearing

As you prepare for your disability hearing, your Springfield disability lawyer will undoubtedly share with you the fact that Social Security hearings are quite informal, unlike a standard courtroom-based hearing. That said, Social Security hearing rooms are typically no more than a small conference or meeting room that may or may not have an American flag or the Social Security Administration seal on the wall.

Whatever the setting consists of, the hearing room will always have, at minimum, a conference table. If a judge’s assistant is present at the hearing, there may also be a small table set aside for him or her. There is also usually a desk for the administrative law judge, which sits slightly above the height of the conference table where you will be seated.

Additionally, all Social Security hearing rooms are equipped with their own recording devices, which will be used to keep an audio record of your hearing. Because your hearing is recorded, it is crucial that you speak clearly when you respond to questions. The microphones are usually quite responsive to sound, so they should be able to catch your testimony from any place in the room if you talk loudly enough for the judge to hear you.

However, please keep in mind that shaking your head or pointing to a part of your body is unacceptable without the inclusion of an audible response. Also, answers such as “uh huh” and “huh uh” generally do not translate on a transcript as clearly as a “yes” and “no” answer does, so try to use “yes” and “no,” if at all possible.

If you need a qualified Springfield disability lawyer, please call Jonathan Abbott for a free consultation.