Social Security Disability Hearing Advocates
The importance of a Disability Hearing
From the Social Security Administration: Every applicant has the right to appeal a decision made by the Social Security Administration in regards to their benefits or eligibility to receive Supplemental Security Income. Should the SSA deny your claim on the grounds of ineligibility or because you have been overpaid, you may request a review of the decision.
This begins with a reconsideration determination where you receive a new decision by a member of the SSA who had no part in the initial determination. If you disagree, you can schedule a hearing in front of an ALJ, or Administrative Law Judge. If you further disagree with this decision, you may put in a request with the Appeals Council to further review your claim.
SSD Hearing Process
Before the hearing:
- Along with your legal representative, you can review any evidence and submit new evidence, as soon as possible. It is very important that you get this in on time in order for the ALJ to consider it in your case. If it is not available at the time of your hearing, submit it as soon as you can.
At the hearing:
- The ALJ will explain all the issues related to your case and has the opportunity to question you, as well as any witnesses.
- The ALJ may request that additional witnesses, including a doctor, be present at the hearing.
- You and any witnesses will answer questions while under oath. The informal hearing will be recorded.
- Your legal representative has the opportunity to question witnesses and submit additional evidence.
After the hearing:
- The ALJ will issue a decision in writing after carefully studying the evidence presented.
- The ALJ will send you and your representative a copy or an order for dismissal.
You do not have to face your Social Security Disability hearing alone. Contact us today to request a case evaluation to get started.
Obtaining Proper Legal Representation
A large majority of claims end up at the hearing level due to initial and reconsideration denials. Upon your request to appeal, you are then scheduled a disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Your evidence is presented to the ALJ. If the judge requests an opening statement, DAA will assist you with one. A vocational expert, and possibly a medical expert will be present to offer testimony. Your records must be presented with the "correct" language from your physician. Our DAA representative will cross-examine these experts on your behalf and ensure that your medical records are up to date and correctly represent your disability. At Disability Action Advocates, we are aware of and strive to avoid all the pitfalls that can occur during this process. Being represented by a Disability Action Advocate at your hearing will give you the best chance of being awarded benefits. We will carefully prepare your case and consider any and all evidence that will affect your claim. Our Social Security Disability advocate will guide you during the proceedings to present your case favorably to the judge. After the hearing, you can expect to receive the judge's decision in one to three months.
Choosing the right legal team to represent you in a disability hearing is extremely important, and can greatly influence your results. Even if your claim is denied, DAA can promptly help you set up a successful appeal. Remember, we do not charge a fee until we win your case. We will make sure you receive effective and personal service throughout the process by putting our extensive experience to work for you.
We're ready to take on this effort with you. Call our experienced Reno Social Security Disability team at (888) 401-3920 today.