How to Win Benefits at Your Social Security Disability Hearing
Find out what to expect and what to do at a Social Security Disability hearing and while you are waiting for your hearing date. See the ways in which a Social Security attorney can help you get a hearing approval.
Tips for Attending a Disability Hearing and for Presenting Your Case
For most of us, going into a hearing room is a new and somewhat overwhelming experience. Your comfort level and sense of confidence can be improved by knowing what to expect at the hearing. The exact flow of a hearing varies from judge to judge and to a degree from case to case, but a few things are the same in all hearings.
Getting an overview of the general hearing process and picking up some do’s and don’ts when answering questions can both help reduce stress and increase chances of a good outcome. Having a general idea of realistic time frames for scheduling hearings and for post-hearing processing can also be helpful.
Here’s the scoop on those important issues:
- Time Frames for Disability Hearings
Find out how long you have to file a hearing appeal; even look up hearing wait times for your hearing office. Get an idea of how long you are likely to wait in each step of the hearing appeals processing and how long the payment processing may be after you are approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. Learn what to expect after a hearing approval.
- What to Do While You Wait for a Hearing
Get some tips on how to help your claim while you are waiting for your hearing date to come up.
- Disability Hearing Basics
Find out what makes a hearing different from a reconsideration appeal and learn when you may not have to appear before the judge to get a hearing approval.
- The Role of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
Learn about administrative law judges’ qualifications and their training as well as what their duties are before, at, and after your hearing.
- Important Reasons for Attending Your Social Security Disability Hearing
Learn why you and only you can provide certain information to the judge and why you should attend your hearing even when you have a Social Security lawyer to represent you and provide important assistance at the hearing.
- Reasons Why to Hire an Attorney for Your Social Security or SSI Disability Hearing
Check out the nearly dozen different ways an experienced Social Security attorney can help you win a hearing appeal and find out how to screen attorneys for hire and how to use a Social Security attorney to your best advantage.
- Tips for Answering Questions at a Social Security Disability Hearing
Avoid pitfalls at a disability hearing by getting basic some do’s and don’ts on how to answer the judge and any questions your attorney might ask you.
- When you might have two Social Security Disability hearings
Learn when a judge may set up a second hearing before making a decision. Also see examples of situations in which the Appeals Council may send a denied hearing decision back to the administrative law judge (ALJ) for further investigation, which, in turn, could lead to an approval.