The key to having a successful appeals hearing to obtain disability benefits is ensuring that your claim is fully developed and a clear theory of disability is established to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). A theory of disability needs to be well-supported with medical evidence that is consistent with your testimony and presented in a […]
Am I Required to Attend a Social Security Disability Hearing?
If an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) schedules a hearing, you should attend. A disability hearing is your best shot at getting approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you fail to attend your scheduled hearing, your request for a hearing may be dismissed. This is why it is […]
Would Having a Lawyer Improve the Outcome of My Disability Hearing?
Most applicants who are initially denied disability benefits may not realize that being represented at the hearing level of the appeals process are twice as likely to be approved than an unrepresented applicant. A disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) will require submitting detailed medical evidence, putting together a statement of your disability, […]
Obtaining a Letter From Your Doctor to Support Your Disability Case
Medical records are one of the most important components of a disability claim. Aside from providing these records to help prove the extent of your disability, a letter of support from your doctor can go a long way toward qualifying you for disability benefits during the appeals process. The Social Security Administration (SSA) could get […]
Bringing a Witness to Your Disability Appeal Hearing
If your disability claim has been denied, you have the right to appeal this decision. Doing so may mean proceeding to a Social Security Disability appeal hearing. Attending this hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to answer questions about your claim is often necessary to pursue the disability benefits you need. Bringing a witness […]
Video Hearings For Social Security Disability Claims
If you need a disability hearing, you could face a backlog of up to several months before you can be seen by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). To help reduce this backlog and streamline the process, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has implemented a number of different technological options. One of these options includes the use […]
Telephonic Hearings for Disability Benefits During COVID-19 Pandemic
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken action to modify how it handles disability claims pending at the hearing level. Both Social Security offices and hearing offices have since been closed, making in-person hearings not possible in these uncertain times. The agency has now moved to conducting Social […]
Why You Should Not Delay in Filing an Appeal If Denied Disability Benefits
Filing a claim for disability benefits can be complex and time consuming. Most applicants are often initially denied and have to go through the appeals process to obtain the benefits they need. Part of this process involves filing appeals within a timely manner with the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you miss the appeal deadline, […]
Can You Lose a Partial Award After a Social Security Disability Appeal?
If the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves your claim, you will be given an established onset date (EOD), which is the date the agency believes your disability began based on your medical evidence. This date may be later than you approve and you may be considering appealing the decision. However, you could end up losing […]
Filing an Appeal When Social Security Disability Benefits Have Been Stopped
The Social Security Administration (SSA) sometimes stops claimant benefits if the agency decides he or she no longer qualifies. When disability benefits are stopped, you must act quickly to appeal, or else you could lose your ability to continue benefit payments. Dayes Law Firm's disability attorneys share more about what you need to do to […]