At the initial level, the Social Security Administration, through their various arms, that is, they have consultants, they have individuals who are trained vocationally or trained to analyze medical records. On your initial application, it’s the administration itself, from within, that makes the decision. On reconsideration, it’s the same group of people. It may not be Joe and Mary, it may be Henry and Sally, but it’s the same people who make the decision. Once you get to the hearing level, it’s an administrative law judge who will hear the evidence and make a decision. Beyond that of course, it’s the appeals counsel and then a federal district court judge will hear the case.
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