You’ve waited more than two years to go before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Finally, you’ll get the chance to tell the Social Security Administration, face to face, how your health has impacted your life. If the ALJ finds you disabled under the Social Security Act, you will receive much needed income.
As you walk into the hearing room you recognize the ALJ and the court reporter. But who is the third person? The judge introduces that person as a vocational expert. You’re confused and ask yourself, “Why is this person here and what is their role in deciding my future?”