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What if I do not meet with my disability attorney before the SSD hearing?

This happens more than you might think. For the most part, Social Security business between claimants and their disability attorneys or representatives is handled via telephone and mail.

That is not to say that all disability claimants lack the opportunity to meet their attorney prior to their disability hearing. But it does occur frequently that a claimant's first meeting with an attorney is at the hearing location.

And, in fact, if you have decided to have a national firm represent your disability claim, the chances of your meeting your attorney prior to your hearing are even more remote. However, even if you choose to hire a local attorney or representative, the truth is that you will most likely not meet them more than once. Reason: the honest truth is that there is no need. After all, Social Security disability decisions are based upon the objective medical findings in the file, your education, work history, functional limitations (that result from your disabling conditions), and your age.

Not meeting your disability attorney personally does not mean that the attorney will not be familiar with your disability case file. As long as your attorney knows your case and is able to present the merits of your claim at the time of your administrative law judge hearing, you may receive proper representation regardless of whether or not you have met your representative prior to the hearing.

And, actually, many would argue that reviewing your social security file, the records contained within, and the medical record updates is all your attorney needs to do in order to win an approval for you.

It may even be true that as many disability claims are approved for individuals who have only met their representatives for the first time at a hearing as those who have met their representative several times before a hearing has been held.

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

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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

Social Security Disability attorneys and representatives
What is the status of your social security disability or SSI case
Rules and requirements to apply for disability
Will I qualify for disability?
Apply for disability for any medical condition
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
If your disability claim is approved or denied
Social Security Award letter for SSD, SSI
Temporary Social Security Disability SSI
Social Security Disability SSI reviews
How social security evaluates attention deficit
Filing for disability with Post polio syndrome
Tips for Getting Disability Approved
How far back Social Security will pay SSDI or SSI
SSI award notices are received by approved claimants
Winning and getting disability with a mental condition
Getting disability for rheumatoid arthritis
Can you work if you get Disability?
Who qualifies for SSI and how
How to file for disability and where to apply
Conditions that may qualify as disability
Denied on a disability application
Answering questions at a Social Security Disability hearing