Request for Hearing: If your initial claim and Reconsideration appeal were denied, the next step is to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Most claims for Social Security disability benefits andmdash; over 70 percent andmdash; are approved at the hearing level. The hearing process is very informal. The judge and your attorney will ask you questions about your daily activities and how your disability limits you. These questions will be very simple and similar to the questions our office has already asked you about your disability. A medical expert and vocational expert hired by Social Security may also be called to testify at your hearing. These experts are not there to testify for or against you, but to give their opinion about your disability and how it would impact your ability to work. The hearing will be very short. Typically, a hearing lasts 30-60 minutes. Most of the talking will be between the judge, the attorney, and the experts. You may be answering some questions for 10-20 minutes during the hearing. The hearing will likely be far less frightening than you will imagine it to be. Any questions the judge asks you will be about you and what you can and cannot do because of your disability; there are no right or wrong answers. As I often tell my clients, there is no better witness about how your disability limits what you can do than you.