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What is Administrative Law Judge (alj)?

Definition of Administrative Law Judge (alj)

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) includes Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) who are hired by the federal government to conduct impartial Social Security Disability hearings and make Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability determinations which have been appealed to their court by Social Security Disability claimants. Administrative Law Judges are located or travel to Administrative Hearings across the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. Social Security Disability claimants may request a Social Security Disability hearing after they have been denied at the initial Social Security Disability application and reconsideration levels. Disabled claimants statistically have the greatest chance of winning their Social Security Disability benefits at hearing level of the Social Security Disability process.

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