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Definition of on The Record Decision

On the record decisions are requests for an administrative law judge to make a disability determination for a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) case without attending a hearing. This type of request is generally made by the disability lawyer only if they believe the claimant's case is strong.

If an on the record decision is requested, the judge will make their disability decision based on the written information that is provided to them prior to the hearing. If the judge decides they are disabled, the claimant is awarded benefits. If the judge decides there is insufficient evidence to make an on the record decision, the claimant may still have a hearing.

An on the record decision is the only way to expedite a decision at the hearing level. Unfortunately, because millions of applicants apply for SSDI and SSI every year it is not unusual for claimants in some parts of the country to wait one to two years for a hearing. Consider hiring a lawyer if you are scheduled for a hearing and talk to them about the possibility of an on the record decision.

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