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Old 08-03-2012, 12:33 AM   #1
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Just had alj hearing, have questions

Will try to summerize hearing and then have a few questions.
Hearing began with judge swearing in everyone present, then physician from Louisiana was contacted. By my understanding the judge was wanting verification that I met a RFC code? for qualification. Physicain did not seem very familiar with my case. She breifly mentioned my stroke (March 2011), Only stated I was on inhalers for COPD (Onset Sept 2009). The physician did try to focus on a hospitalization in Dec 2011 and that the combination of diagnoses at that time met the RFC code. My representative was given the opportunity to ask physician about other hospitalizations and the resulting effects. The physician argued with my representative about a 7 day hospitalization only being an E.R visit. The Judge went next to the vocational rehab specialist, and asked a few hypothetical questions that the specialist answered all no to. Then the Judge stated that the hearing was completed.
After the hearing my representative stated that she could not have hoped for a better hearing, even with the physician trying to downplay my condition and move onset date. She stated the reason she felt so encouraged with the hearing is because the judge didn't question me on anything. She stated that if he was leaning at all towards a unfavorable or partial favarable decision, that it was customary to first allow my testimony.
Questions for those familiar with the alj process.
1. Does this seem as good a hearing as my representative stated?
2. Is the judge not questioning me, truely a good sign and is it required that the judge provide me with an opportunity to give my testimony if there is a possibility of an unfavorable decision?
Last question or request for oppinion is related to statement my representative gave before leaving. That the judge was very backlogged and it woul take at least a year or more to get a decision good or bad. And that we should wait 6 month and notify her to see if there has been any change. And then anouther if no notification. Last Question or request for suggestion
3. Should we wait 6 month? Or is there a way we can find out if the judge has at least submitted it to a writter? Not trying to be pushy by no means just been a very long process so far, and just wondering what our best options are to keep up on status. Again any help would be greatly appreciated.

 
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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Re: Just had alj hearing, have questions

sounds like it went well.. look up your ALJ and check his approval rate... seems like a year is a long time to make a decision.. you can call ODAR who has your case and check case status whenever you want..
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:05 AM   #3
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sounds like it went well.. look up your ALJ and check his approval rate... seems like a year is a long time to make a decision.. you can call ODAR who has your case and check case status whenever you want..
Thank you cejohns. Yes looked up my alj judge, he has a good approval rate. Thank you I thought that I had read you could call and check the status. Not trying to speed it up, just stay informed of what is going on with it. Great that was exactly what I was asking about thank you. Appreciate it.

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:20 AM   #4
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Do you mind me asking the general area you live? State?? I just can't believe it is taking a judge a YEAR to make a decision! That seems so excessive!! I feel really bad for you!! Mine took about 4 weeks to make a decision. I really hope they speed things up for you and it doesn't really take that long!!! Please keep us informed, ok!!

 
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:17 AM   #5
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Do you mind me asking the general area you live? State?? I just can't believe it is taking a judge a YEAR to make a decision! That seems so excessive!! I feel really bad for you!! Mine took about 4 weeks to make a decision. I really hope they speed things up for you and it doesn't really take that long!!! Please keep us informed, ok!!
I am from Oklahoma, hearing was in OKC. Yeah me and my wife were kinda knocked back a little when my representative said it would be at least a year or more before we got a decision. Our representative stated that the Judge is very detailed in his decisions, and is very backlogged. She also stated that he was one of the most fair judges she has had to work with. My representative stated she felt the judge not needing any testimony from me was too my benefit. I am hoping it won't take a year, that maybe it will be cut and dry enough the judge can get it processed faster. Either way, it will happen when it happens. I was just hoping to be able to contribute back into the family again, sooner than a year. That has been one of the hardest parts with not being able to work. Watching the extra stress added to my wife trying to make enough to get by on. I am lucky I have such a wonderful wife, she has been so understanding and supportive through this long journey. I just can't wait to give some back to her and my family. Sorry starting to ramble. Thanks for your reply. I appreciate this site and those on it. It has been very informative and encouraging to read the post on here. I will try and post periodicaly. Again thanks, and God Bless

 
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