What’s New at the Social Security Administration (SSA) – National Hearing Office | Lakeland Social Security Disability Attorney

One of the proposals to reduce the Social Security Disability Benefit backlog was the formation of a National Hearing Center (NHC) to hear cases by videoconferencing from the Offices with the longest waiting times. That is now a reality and the national hearing office was opened in Falls Church, Virginia in December 2007.

7 Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) were assigned to hear cases from the Atlanta, Cleveland, and Detroit areas by video. You appear in an office with a video camera and watch the ALJ on the screen as you answer the ALJ’s questions.

While we applaud this effort and  admit that video teleconferencing is a great tool, our experience has not been favorable. In those cases where the honesty or credibility of the applicant is in dispute, video teleconferencing just does not cut it. In those cases, a good old fashioned hearing in front of the ALJ is crucial. A face to face conversation with the ALJ can make the difference between winning or losing your Social Security Disability Claim. If you have any questions contact us here.

If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at CaveyLaw.com. If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

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