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Working and Disability

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Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

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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.

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

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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria