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Definition of Medical Expert

Medical experts are medical professionals who may attend Social Security Administration disability hearings if requested by the Administrative Law Judge. Medical professionals will offer expert testimony about the claimant's medical condition and answer questions from the judge. Medical experts do not work for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review but are paid consultants.

Many disability applicants ask if they should hire a disability lawyer to argue their case before the administrative law judge. Because the hearing is the best chance for many applicants to win Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits claimants may want to consult with a lawyer who will be able to ask the medical expert questions and provide medical evidence to support the claim. Not only can a medical expert attend an administrative hearing, but the judge may also ask a jobs expert to be present. Unless you understand how to dispute evidence provided by the jobs expert and the medical expert, talk to a lawyer for help.

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