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What will happen at my Minneapolis disability hearing?

An administrative law judge will preside over your Minneapolis Social Security disability hearing. Knowing what to expect and being prepared will help put you at ease for your hearing. Prior to the hearing, it is essential for your Minneapolis disability lawyers to meet with you in person to explain what you can expect at the hearing, to properly prepare you for your anticipated testimony at the hearing, and to answer any questions you may have regarding the process.

I’ve seen trials on TV. Will my hearing be like that?

Your Minneapolis Social Security disability hearing is not adversarial and much more informal than a trial. Hearings are held in a private, small conference room and last approximately one hour. You will be asked about your background including your education, training, work experience, symptoms, limitations, and daily activities.

Who will be at the hearing?

In addition to you, your disability lawyer and the judge, others who will also be present at the hearing are the hearing assistant and possibly a medical and/or vocational expert. There may also be witnesses who will testify on your behalf. There is no prosecutor at the hearing to cross-examine you. There will not be a jury or any spectators.

What will happen at the hearing?

All testimony at the hearing is given under oath which means you swear to testify truthfully. During the hearing you will have the opportunity to describe your disability in detail to the judge. The judge will listen to your testimony and the testimony of any witnesses. If a medical expert or vocational expert is present to testify, your Minneapolis disability lawyers will have an opportunity to cross-examine the expert. The hearing will be recorded.

The function of the judge is to deliver a ruling about your entitlement to disability benefits. In rendering his or her decision, the judge will consider all the evidence in your file, the testimony given by you and other witnesses at the hearing, the experts’ opinions, and any oral and written arguments submitted by your disability attorney. The judge’s ruling is an independent decision that is not influenced by the fact that your disability case was previously denied at the time of your initial application and on reconsideration. The judge may make an immediate decision at the hearing or wait several months before rendering his or her decision.

What will I have to testify about?

Your Minneapolis disability lawyers will prepare you ahead of time for your testimony. At the hearing, the judge and/or your lawyer will ask you questions about your impairment and symptoms. Some judges prefer to ask questions first and then allow the claimant’s lawyer to ask questions. Others let the claimant’s lawyer go first and then they ask questions. Regardless of the order of questioning, the primary information that will be asked includes, at the very least, the following:

  • Your age.
  • Work history.
  • Education.
  • Medical history.
  • Symptoms.
  • Your estimate of your work limitations.
  • Your daily activities.

See Testifying at Your Minneapolis Social Security Disability Hearing for tips on how to make the most of your testimony.

The hearing is your best chance of winning.

Having a hearing before the administrative law judge in your Minneapolis Social Security disability case is your best chance of being awarded benefits. This is your opportunity to put a face to your file and meet the judge who will be deciding your case. Your disability hearing is your opportunity to tell the judge everything you want the judge to know about how your impairment prevents you from holding a job.

To speak with Minneapolis disability lawyers

If you would like to speak with experienced Minneapolis disability lawyers about applying for disability benefits or appealing the denial of your application, please contact us today.  Simply complete the form on this page and we will get back to your promptly.  We can help you with:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance.
  • Supplemental Security Income.
  • Applications.
  • Appeals
  • Benefits for a disabled child
  • Benefits for claimants over age 50
  • Long term disability insurance claims (ERISA).


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Areas Served

We handle SSI and Social Security disability cases in these Minnesota counties and communities: Counties: Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Carver County, Scott County, Dakota unty. Communities: Minneapolis, St Paul, Bloomington, Eagan, St Louis Park, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove,Brooklyn Park, Roseville, Woodbury, Hastings, Duluth, Alexandria, Brainerd, Rochester, St. Cloud, Mankato.