Supplemental Hearings

So you had your disability hearing and now the ALJ has scheduled a supplemental hearing.  What does this mean?

Well it depends.  An ALJ may have scheduled a supplemental hearing for a number of reasons. 

1) The ALJ may have needed to gather more medical evidence from your doctors or send you to a Consultative Exam and now know has more questions for you about that evidence.

2) The ALJ may need to question a medical expert or Vocational Expert about your case, one of which (or both) were not at your original hearing.

3) if you have a representative, they may have requested the supplemental hearing as a means to cross exam a Vocational or Medical Expert, or the doctor who did the consultative exam instead of attempting cross examination by paper.

This is not a new hearing, but rather a continuation of the 1st hearing.  Often they are shorter then the first hearing and you may not be asked any questions at all.

But it is still important that you attend the hearing and if you do not have representation, you can obtain one to assist you with this hearing.

2 responses

  1. I got an expedited supplemental hearing coming up.they needed evidence of my new dr. For major depression.insonmia.panic attacks.anxiety..what is the percentage of winning a supplemental hearing.p.s. judge was nice and advised me to get attorneyy i did and got my evidence in.thanks

    1. It really depends. I have seen decisions issued just days after a consultative exam was completed, and I have seen them come several months later.

      Factors include
      1) what level your case is at
      2) how long it takes the examiner to write their report and send it to SSA
      3) workload of the persons working on your case
      4) whether the case gets tagged for quality control
      and so forth.

      But generally, we expect a decision within 6 to 8 weeks of the exam.

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