Social Security disability applicants that have been denied disability benefits have the right to appeal that decision made by the Social Security Administration (SSA). As an individual goes through the stages of appeals, he/she may eventually find him/herself in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Indiana hearings are heard at one of the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) locations.
Most states have more than one ODAR location. According to the SSA, there are currently 10 regional offices, 169 hearing offices (including 7 satellite offices), 5 national hearing centers, and 1 national case assistance center. There are approximately 1,300 administrative law judges and 7,000 support staff in the field organization. Additionally, administrative law judges may travel to other sites such as local Social Security offices to conduct hearings if needed or appear by video at your location.
In addition to the stated above, the SSA may use other facilities throughout the state to conduct the hearing. Don’t be surprised if you are scheduled for a hearing at the Social Security Administration office, a conference room at another facility or in a hotel or bank. Regardless of the location, the ALJ that presides over the case will still review the evidence, listen to the comments made by your disability attorney, and hear testimony from medical or vocational experts.
The ODAR Chicago Region services residents in the six state area comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Indiana residents will find their hearing scheduled at the location closest to their home. Indiana Social Security disability attorney Scott D. Lewis finds himself traveling throughout the state of Indiana to represent disabled individuals with their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim. If you have been denied disability benefits or if you cannot work due to a disabling condition, contact Indiana Attorney Scott Lewis for a free case evaluation. Mr. Lewis and his staff will gladly discuss your disability claim with you. Call (317) 423-8888 for your free consultation.