Your disability claim may be denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) based on their belief that you are able to perform other types of work. If you do not agree that you are able to perform the jobs the SSA proposes, you may appeal this decision and dispute them at your disability hearing. A […]
How to Act and Present Yourself at a Disability Hearing Before a Judge
A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is the second phase of the appeals process after a request for reconsideration on a denied disability claim is unsatisfactory. During this phase, the way you act and present yourself in court can have an impact on the ALJ's decision to approve disability benefits. If you have […]
Preparing to Attend a Social Security Disability Hearing
If your disability claim was denied, a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is the second level of appeals. A hearing gives you the opportunity to prove your disability in person, so it is important that you are prepared for your day in court. Below, our disability lawyers share how applicants should prepare to […]
What Role Does a Lawyer Play at a Disability Hearing?
If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies reconsideration for your disability claim, the next step is to request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). At this stage, an experienced disability attorney could be an important asset to your claim. Learn why hiring a disability lawyer is beneficial before your hearing begins. If you […]
Statements at a Disability Hearing That Could Hurt Your Case
Social Security Disability hearings can be a stressful experience after being denied benefits and not having your application reconsidered. You might have to wait for months or even more than a year to have a hearing scheduled before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to reevaluate your claim. Once a date is set, it still does […]
What to Expect When Appearing at a Social Security Disability Hearing
If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits and did not get a claims examiner to reconsider your application, the next step is to appear before an administrative law judge (ALJ) for a disability hearing. A disability attorney can argue your case before a judge and prepare you for questions you may be asked. […]
Why You Should Not Give Up If Your Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied
Millions of individuals apply for Social Security Disability benefits every year and unfortunately, only about 30 percent are approved at the initial claims process. Why is this the case? The reasons for being denied disability benefits vary on a claim by claim basis, but there are some common factors for a claim to not be […]
Why You Need to Submit Updated Medical Records at a Disability Hearing
When you apply for Social Security Disability or file for reconsideration, the disability examiner is responsible for obtaining your medical records. However, when you request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), it is usually no longer up to them to obtain updated records. This responsibility falls on you, and the timing of when […]
Was the Administrative Law Judge Biased Against Me?
If your Social Security Disability claim was denied, and your reconsideration request about that denial was also denied, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). While the hearing should be focused on the evidence, sometimes ALJs appear to be biased or even hostile to applicants. You should learn what bias at […]
How Long Will I Wait for an Appeal Hearing on My Disability Claim?
One thing many Social Security Disability applicants and potential applicants want to know is how long it will take to have a hearing if their initial application is denied. Many people know that a lot of applicants are denied when they first apply, and applicants often must appeal if they hope to obtain benefits. Fortunately, […]