Preparation is key prior to Social Security hearing
Many Americans rely on Social Security benefits as essential monthly income. A reduction, or denial, of benefits can significantly impact a disabled person’s ability to provide for themselves and their family. Know that if the Social Security Administration tells you that you are no longer entitled to your SSI payments, or that the amount has been reduced, you have the right to appeal by requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). This hearing is your chance to convince the ALJ that the SSA got it wrong. To make the most convincing argument possible, you need an experienced Brandon social security disability attorney by your side. At The Golden Law Group, our Brandon SSD attorneys bring a dedicated, detail-oriented approach to each claim. We walk you step-by-step through the Social Security Hearing process so you feel confident and prepared.
What happens during the Social Security appeal hearing?
After filing your appeal, you will receive a notice with the date, time, and location of your hearing. Your hearing may be conducted in person, or via a video teleconference. In both cases, an ALJ will hear your request and make an independent decision regarding your appeal. Our Social Security attorney submits any additional evidence to the ALJ as soon as possible so they have time to consider it before the hearing.
During the hearing, you will have the opportunity to explain why the SSA got it wrong. You will be testifying under oath, so be prepared to be sworn in. The judge may ask questions about your ability to work. We have the ability to submit new evidence and bringing witnesses to testify on your behalf. The ALJ may also ask additional witnesses to appear, including doctors or vocational experts. The ALJ may ask the vocational expert what types of jobs you could do given your disability limitations.
Unlike court hearings you may have seen on TV, the hearing will likely be very short, therefore, we have a limited amount of time to demonstrate to the ALJ that your appeal should be granted. This is why it is key to rely on our knowledgeable Brandon disability attorneys. We are well- versed in the appeals process and greatly improve your chances of a successful appeal. Our Social Security disability attorneys have the knowledge and skill you need to win your appeal and are committed to seeing your claim through.
What can I do to improve my chances of a successful hearing?
There are a number of steps you can take before and during the hearing to increase your chances of a successful outcome, including:
- • Collect your records – Bring a complete medical record when you come to our office. We review the materials and determine what should be submitted to SSA and whether there is any additional evidence needed.
• Selecting witnesses – Selecting the right witnesses to testify on your behalf is key. We look for people who can speak clearly, in detail about your limitations, including coworkers, friends, and doctors.
• Preparing for questions – Think about and practice describing your limitations, being as detailed as possible. Include how often symptoms occur, the extent of the pain or limitation, and real examples of when your disability prevented you from accomplishing tasks.
• Above all, be honest – You should be honest in your testimony and not just because you are under oath. The ALJ may recognize if you are exaggerating your symptoms or the extent of your limitations, and be less likely to approve your request.
These are just a few tips for preparing for your hearing. Of course, you can rely on our Brandon SSD attorneys to personally work with you to carefully prepare for the appeal. Rest assured, we devise the best strategy possible for your hearing.
If your Social Security disability benefits have been denied, contact our Brandon SSD attorneys for help with your appeal
The SSA hearing and appeal process can be overwhelming, especially when you’re already dealing with the daily challenges of living with a disability. Rely on the experienced Brandon Social Security disability attorneys at The Golden Law Group to be your trusted advocate throughout the process. We provide the compassion you deserve and the vigorous representation you need when going up against the SSA. Call our Brandon office 813- 375-0098 or our Bradenton office at (941) 782-1209 or contact us online today to schedule your free initial consultation.