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New Social Security Rule about Video Conferences for Hearings

Posted on Sep 24, 2014

On September 8, 2014 Social Security began notifying claimants that had recently filed for a hearing that their hearing may be done by video hearing, rather than an in-person hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who will be making the hearing decision.  You will have only 30 days to file a formal objection to a video conference by use of Social Security's new form HA-55. 

Do not sign any papers before talking with an attorney! There are advantages and disadvantages of having an in-person hearing or video hearing.  Each case has to be decided on an individual basis.  If you have an attorney, he or she will help you decide which type of hearing you should have and will notify Social Security in the appropriate manner of your decision. If you do not currently have an attorney, now is the time to consider hiring one because you may disadvantage yourself by agreeing to a video hearing. It is extremely important that once you get this Social Security letter about the video hearing that you should consider getting legal advice immediately before you make a mistake.

Contact the North Carolina Social Security disability attorneys at Partin, Patton & Brown at 888-604-9728 to get more expert advice about this or any other topics, or help with filing your claim or appeal!

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