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How to Prepare For a Social Security Disability Hearing

The Social Security Disability hearing is the last realistic hope of qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits. In fact, if your disability claim is denied at the administrative law judge hearing, your representative is likely to advise you to begin the Social Security Disability process again.

Although administrative law judge hearings (Social Security Disability hearings) can be appealed to the Appeals Council, there is only a small chance the administrative law judge’s decision will be reversed at this level. Consequently, most individuals begin the Social Security Disability process again while waiting for a decision from the Appeals Council.

Considering the importance of the Social Security Disability hearing, you can see how important it is to be prepared. So what can you do to be prepared for your Social Security Disability hearing?

Generally, it is good advice for you to retain the services of an attorney or non-attorney Social Security Disability representative prior to your hearing.

You may thinking "why hire someone to represent me when I am so obviously disabled?" Keep in mind; you must be able to prove that you are disabled according to the rules and regulations of Social Security Disability. And since most individuals applying for Social Security Disability have no idea what rules and regulations govern the Social Security Disability process, it is advisable to retain the services of a Social Security Disability representative who is familiar with those rules and regulations.

Now what can you do to help your representative better serve you? Firstly, you need to be present and timely for you hearing, as most administrative law judges do not look favorably upon tardiness. Once at the hearing, you need to be prepared to answer questions posed by your representative, the administrative law judge, or a vocational expert with regard to your condition or conditions, work history, or even how you feel as to how your medical and/or mental conditions have prevented you from working.

If you prepare yourself for these types of questions and arrive on time, your representative will have a much better chance of helping you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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