Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Tips for SSD and SSI disability hearings

I've seen it happen a million times. A claimant waits as long as 2 years to get to a scheduled hearing before an administrative law juge. It's the day they've been waiting for, it's the day that has hung like a sword of damocles over their head for weeks since the hearing appointment letter arrrived. And on the way to the hearing they get lost. Or get mired in an incredible traffic jam.


Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
Preparation to win a disability hearing
Tips for Getting Disability Approved

Don't let this happen to you. True, if you have a valid excuse for not making it to a scheduled disability hearing, the ALJ (administrative law judge) will probably cut you some slack and reschedule your hearing. But your next hearing date will probably be weeks away. And if your finances are already stretched thin and near the breaking point (or past it), you don't want to add any more time to your "participation" in the process.

Here's a tip and one of several simple tips to follow: if you're not exactly sure where the hearing office is located, make a dry run sometime prior to the day of the hearing. That may be cumbersome for some, but, for others, having been to the hearing office at least once before may make the difference between arriving at a disability hearing on time, and having a tremendous headache and a chest full of anxiety because you either got lost or underestimated the traffic ended up getting there too late.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Can you get Disability if you are unemployable?
Sjogren's and applying for disability
How hard is it to get on disability without being on medication?
How long does it take to get a disability approval letter?
Appealing A Social Security Disability Determination
Applying for disability, medical conditions
Disability requirements, eligibility, criteria
What are the Application Requirements For SSI Disability?
How do you Apply for SSI?
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?
Disability requirements and how to file in Pennsylvania

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

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
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