It is fairly common for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits claims to be denied the first time around, but luckily you are able to appeal the decision and can request reconsideration or a hearing to make your case before a judge.
While the thought of presenting your case before a judge can be intimidating, there are a number of things you can do to make sure you are prepared for anything that could come your way during your hearing.
A hearing is an important step in the appeals process that should always be taken seriously. This is your opportunity to speak directly to a judge who will decide whether or not your disability fits the Social Security Administrations requirements for disability benefits.
Below are a few things to consider when preparing for your hearing.
- Prepare your documents. The more information and documentation you can provide during your hearing, the better. It is important to provide medical proof that your disability truly is debilitating. It may also be appropriate to submit this documentation prior to your hearing.
- Thoroughly prepare your case. Accurate and complete documentation of your disability are extremely important when a judge scours through your paperwork. They will be looking for any weak point that shows your issue does not prevent you from working.
- Arrive on time. First impressions are always important, especially in the case of a hearing where such an important decision is being made. Arrive for your hearing on-time and dress appropriately in order to make a good first impression with the judge.
- Share your story. As important as good documentation is, so too is the importance of painting a picture for the judge so they can vividly see and understand exactly what you are going through. It is important to describe the pain and difficulties you have in your day-to-day life.
These tips will help you put your best foot forward for the hearing portion of your appeal, but having a team of legal professionals by your side can also significantly increase your chances for approval.
Contact our Phoenix social security disability lawyers today to discuss your claim.
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