Q. Why Won’t Social Security Pay for My Disability Without an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing?

A. In North Carolina, only a small number of applicants are awarded benefits before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing. Prior to the ALJ hearing, Social Security decisions and opinions are frequently made by individuals who have never met or spoken with you. Social Security doctors may offer opinions on your physical condition without conducting a comprehensive examination. Establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with your treating doctor becomes vital, and it is essential to thoroughly explain the reasons for applying for Social Security. Through persistence and a robust presentation of medical evidence supporting your disability, you can increase the likelihood of ultimately obtaining approval for your disability benefits.