The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been one of the government agencies that have embraced technology. From online disability applications to video disability hearings, SSA has been successful in implementing a number of technology advances in order to assist claimants. With this in mind, SSA has video disability hearings where a hearing is conducted via video conference rather than in person in front of the administrative law judge who decides your case.
The only difference between a video disability hearing and a traditional disability hearing is that at a video disability hearing the judge is not actually in the room. However, just because the judge is not in the room with you does not mean that the judge cannot see or hear you. Due to video conferencing technology, the judge can see you and observe your demeanor and behavior, even zooming in and out when necessary.
The disadvantage in selecting the video disability hearing option may be that the judge may not be able to observe you as well. Additionally, some claimants may be uncomfortable with the technology. Lastly, video judges are usually out of state judges that the attorney is not regularly before as opposed to a local judge that they may see several times a year.
Whether you select the video disability hearing option or a traditional disability hearing, it is always important that you have proper legal representation. Choosing a video disability hearing does not in any way reduce the importance of the services of a qualified Social Security Disability attorney.