People often wonder about whether a social security disability hearing is like a Court trial. There is no trial with a social security disability hearing. It is an administrative hearing. A hearing is more informal than a regular court and very private. The only persons present are you, the Judge, a court reporter, your disability lawyer and sometimes a vocational expert. Very rarely a medical expert may appear. You don’t have anyone against you at a hearing like you do at a trial. I prefer hearings over court appearances for that very reason. Each Judge, however, is different in his/her approach to a hearing.
Please remember that this is just general information, and everyone’s situation is unique. This article should not be considered legal advice.