There are more people receiving disability benefits than ever before. That said, almost 70% of claims are denied. That’s a staggering number. Why is that? Well, the Social Security Administration is one of the toughest government agencies to deal with. They’re adamant about ensuring only people with disabilities that take away their ability to work will be approved. If your claim is denied, you’ll have to go through a lengthy disability appeals process. You’ll have to attend a disability hearing and present your case to a judge. Before you do this, you’ll want to speak with an attorney who can help you prepare for your hearing.
How Do I Prepare for my Disability Hearing?
One thing that’s a bit reassuring is that the majority of individuals who appeal their benefits case do end up receiving benefits after their hearing. One of the best things you can do early on is review your case with an attorney. You’ll want to have your initial application handy as well as any documents that could help prove your case. That said, you don’t have to memorize all your stuff. Along with that initial paperwork, one of the best things you can have ready is any pertinent medical documents. A statement from your doctor confirming that your disability affects your ability to work, everyday life, and your overall health. The best way to figure out what documents to prepare is to consult with an Alabama Social Security lawyer to review your situation.
What Do I Need to Know Before My Hearing?
You or your lawyer will likely request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). At this point, the Social Security Administration will schedule your hearing. On the day of the hearing, you’ll want to remember, you only have one first impression. Firstly, you’ll want to arrive early. While formal dress isn’t required, you’ll want to make sure you’re in clean, presentable clothing. In the hearing, listen to the judge, be polite, and wait for them to finish before responding. When answering the judge’s questions, keep in mind this is your chance to tell them how your disability is affecting your life.
Can a Social Security Lawyer Make Sure I Win My Hearing?
There are no guarantees, and with 70% of individuals being denied on their claims, it can be difficult to win. That said, working with an experienced attorney who has been through this many times puts you in the best possible position to win your hearing. If you want to speak with a Social Security attorney about creating a strategy to win your hearing, call Walton Law LLC at 251-455-5819 today.