If you were denied benefits after a reconsideration of your disability claim, you have the right to request a Social Security Disability appeal hearing. This can be done in one of three ways. A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may offer you the best chance at overturning the decision. Below, Dayes Law Firm […]
Status Updates to Expect During the Disability Hearing Process
If your initial and reconsideration disability claims have been denied, you have the right to appeal the decision in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). However, many claimants do not realize that once you reach a disability hearing at the appeals level, there are several steps that must be taken before and after […]
Can I Get My Social Security Disability Hearing Scheduled Faster?
Most applicants initially denied disability benefits have to wait nearly a year or more to get an appeals hearing scheduled. Other factors may also delay a Social Security disability hearing, such as the availability of an administrative law judge or funding issues. It can be especially difficult to wait on a decision if your disabling […]
Options If You Cannot Appear or Afford to Attend a Disability Hearing
If you have appealed your disability claim and your request for reconsideration was also denied, a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is the next step. The ALJ will generally hold the hearing within 75 miles from your home. However, this can be a problem for disability applicants who do not live nearby, have […]
How a Lawyer Establishes a Disability Case at an Appeals Hearing
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 […]