More people than ever are having their Social Security disability (SSD) benefits hearings through video rather than in-person with judges. Video technology allows those who may have limited mobility or live too far away from their local Social Security Administration (SSA) office to be present at their application’s hearings. Because video hearings are becoming more common, here is everything you need to know about them in advance.
What Are Video Hearings?
A video conference with an administrative law judge is just like an in-person hearing, except the judge sits in his or her office and you are at your local SSA office or one of its remote sites. If the local office does not have any remote hearing sites, the SSA says the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review will look to hold the conference between offices. Your local SSA office will supply the video equipment and take care of operating the technology and maintaining it. It is not up to you to invest in any special video technology to have your hearing through this method. The meeting will proceed how an in-person hearing would.
Video Hearings Aren’t Recorded
Many SSDI applicants want to know if their video hearings will be recorded if it is through video, but the SSA says it does not record any hearings. However, it does record audio for both video conferences and in-person hearings.
You Need To Request One In Writing
If you cannot appear at an in-person hearing, the SSA requests you ask for and fill out Form HA-4608. SSD applicants should include their medical condition or impairment. Even if the judge decides an in-person meeting will be best, he or she could schedule one even if you cannot attend, according to the SSA.
Numerous offices only held a few video hearings, but the majority held dozens if not hundreds of video conferences. The SSA also has a guide on its website that can be extremely helpful for those who require further information into the process.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
If you have any additional questions, speak to an experienced Social Security attorney or advocate. Lawyers can help with your application, speed the claim process up and even handle your appeal, if needed. In fact, an attorney filing your disability application makes you 2x more likely to get benefits on your first try.
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