Going on 21 months and still waiting for a hearing date. Now it was switched from in-person to a video conference hearing. I know this will speed up the process, and I'm running out of money, but if it hurts my chances of winning my case, I would prefer to wait. Any thoughts?
Moving this to Social Security, so you will get more meaningful answers.
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Respectfully I disagree with the prior answer. In my opinion you are better served with a face to face meeting with a judge rather than a video conference. If you have a lawyer, and I hope that you do, that lawyer will likely know the local judges but not the ones at the national hearing center. If you do not have a lawyer I suggest you retain local counsel right away.
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On average, I would advise against doing a video hearing. Couple of things to consider - First of, if you have an experienced lawyer, they are likely familiar with the local disability judges. When you do a video hearing, you will probably be assigned to a Judge from another state. Your lawyer may or may not have any experience with that Judge, and would be less helpful in preparing you for the hearing. Also, I think the level of communication is impaired in a video hearing. Being in the same room, being able to look a person in the eyes and get a good sense of what they are going through - those things arent as easily conveyed when the Judge is looking at you through a monitor.
I do not believe appearing telephonically will significantly impact your claims.
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