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Alabama Disability Attorney Video Hearing

Alabama Disability Attorney Video Hearing: According to a report by the Social Security Administration, in the later half of 2014, 14% of all hearings conducted through the Birmingham Office of Disability Adjudication and Review were held via video, and 43% of the hearings out of the Florence ODAR were done by video hearing. It is expected that these numbers will rise.

At first, video hearings did not seem to be an important issue to me in my representation of my clients, but as the years have gone by, I am more and more troubled by them. For many of my clients, sees the effects disease has had on their body is an important piece of evidence, but the judges cannot really see that much on video. I had one case where we won when, at the beginning of our hearing, I asked my client to stand against the wall so the ALJ could see his legs--we won right there. In another case, my client suffered from pemphigus vulgaris, a disease which causes blisters to appear on their hands, feet, buttocks and other places. The judge was able to see the blisters and realize that during an outbreak, there was no way my client could work.

Medical records are somewhat antiseptic, words cannot always convey how a disease effects a client, and in those cases an "in person" hearing is needed.

If you live in Alabama and believe that you are disabled, you do not have to take on the Social Security Administration alone. If you have questions about your right to Social Security Disability benefits, don't hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today; you don't have to do this alone.

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Alabama Disability Attorney Video Hearing

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