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, […]
How Many Times Can I Apply or Appeal a Social Security Disability Claim?
If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits more than once, you may wonder how many times you can appeal a claim or file a new one. You may be afraid that your chances of obtaining benefits are running out or have already run out. Below, our Social Security Disability lawyers in Phoenix discuss […]
Should I Appeal or File a New Social Security Disability Claim?
If your Social Security Disability claim was denied, you may be thinking about filing an appeal or simply filing a new claim altogether. However, there are many reasons why it is better to file an appeal instead of a new claim. At Dayes Law Firm PC, our Phoenix Social Security Disability attorneys will guide you […]
How to Prepare for Questions at an ALJ Hearing
If you are appealing your Social Security Disability claim to an administrative law judge (ALJ), you need to be prepared to answer questions from the judge or your attorney at the hearing. Your answers could be a deciding factor in whether you receive benefits. The tips below will help you prepare so you can give […]
What is a Vocational Expert?
A vocational expert is an expert witness who testifies at disability hearings about the claimant's ability to perform different types of jobs that are currently available in the workforce. The vocational expert is knowledgeable about the current labor market and the skills necessary to perform various jobs. They evaluate a claimants' transferable skills, age, education, […]
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Appeals Process
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a vital resource for low-income individuals who are not able to work because of a debilitating condition. Because of this, obtaining the compensation you need is important for your wellbeing. For this reason, the Social Security Administration (SSA) allows you to appeal a decision on your claim for benefits if […]
How to Request a Hearing before a Social Security Administrative Judge
If your disability application has been denied disability benefits after a reconsideration review, the next step is to ask for a Social Security Disability appeal hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). Having legal representation from a Social Security disability lawyer can be quite important if you are thinking about asking for a […]