Administrative Law Judges are federally appointed. They’ve undergone years of relevant training and education before starting work in the courtroom. Chances are the ALJ presiding over your Social Security claim appeal has presided over hundreds of claim appeals. So the simple answer is:
Yes, the Administrative Law Judge assigned to your case will be fair.
However, just like every applicant for disability benefits is different, every judge presiding over disability court is different. Some personalities mesh right away while others prove to be a more difficult match.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict what Administrative Law Judge will be assigned to your case—and no way for you to personally know what the judge will be like until you are in his or her courtroom.
An important advantage to working with an attorney.
With claim appeals, there are no guarantees. You can present extremely persuasive evidence and end up with a judge who, for whatever reason, won’t be convinced. However, in general, judges are more likely to award benefits when the applicant is working with a disability attorney. That’s because your attorney:
- Understands how the system works and knows what will get results.
- Knows what information your appeal needs to make it stronger.
- Has probably worked with the same judge in the past and has a sense of their style.
- Can advise you if a denied appeal is the result of a weak case or the reputation of the ALJ.
So don’t wait any longer: take charge of your Shasta SSDI claim appeal today by talking with the Ledgerwood Law Group. Fill out our online contact form or call toll-free 888-761-7383.
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