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What should I expect at a SSD hearing?


Whether you are preparing for your first Social Security disability hearing or you are in the midst of the appeals process, you may not know what to expect from the hearing process itself. Knowledge about an SSD hearing can be critical when seeking disability benefits, though, because there are certain steps one must take in order to succeed in obtaining Social Security disability benefits. It can thus be helpful to understand the process so that you can be as fully prepared as possible.

For example, if your initial claim is denied, then you can appeal the denial of your Social Security disability claim. In these instances there is a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. At this hearing, you will plead your case as to why you (or a loved one) is deserving of SSD. Prior to the hearing, you will receive a notice of your court date at least 20 days in advance detailing where and when it will take place. Luckily, the hearings are quick and are held within 75 miles of your residence at a Social Security Administration office.

As in other court cases, the specifics of the process in your specific case will vary. For example, your case may warrant testimony from witnesses or medical professionals. If that is the case, then your witnesses will be sworn in prior to beginning the hearing. The judge will likely pose questions to them that are relevant to your claim and your injury. There is usually also an opportunity for you to make a statement on your own behalf.

If you are entering the appeals process in search of SSD, you are likely fed up with waiting for benefits. You probably need the compensation this vital program can provide, and you needed it yesterday. This is why it is important to properly prepare and present your claim. Understanding how to demonstrate your case is key to achieving the benefits you deserve.

Source: FindLaw, "What happens at a disability hearing?" accessed Sep. 12, 2016

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