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Will Social Security contact you to schedule your Disability Hearing?

Several posts back, I mentioned an individual who was frustrated with the various forms that are mailed out by the social security admninistration when an SSD or SSI case is being evaluated. Something I forget to mention is this. The individual seemed to have the impression that social security would actually contact him, prior to the scheduling of his social security disability hearing, to check his availability for possible hearing dates.

Well, in a better world that might happen. But, as things stand currently, the social security administration does not do this with disability hearings, nor does it check with claimants regarding their "availability" before disability medical exams are scheduled.

Simply put, a disability examiner will schedule a claimant for a consultative medical examination (actually, a special office at DDS actually does this, not the examiner himself) or a hearing office will schedule a claimant for a hearing date and then the notice will be sent. No advance calls are made to determine whether or not this will fit into the claimant's schedule.

Claimants who receive appointment letters for hearings and exams and have scheduling conflicts may always call and request a new appointment date, but, generally, the assumption is made that the claimant will comply with the date they have been scheduled for.

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

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Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives