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

How Do You Win An SSI or Social Security Disability Hearing?

Many think there is some secret way to win an SSI hearing, however there is no secret way. Frankly, you can win your SSI hearing by being thoroughly prepared for your hearing before the social security administrative law judge. Now you may be asking yourself, how can I be thoroughly prepared to win my SSI hearing?

You can prepare yourself for your social security disability or SSI hearing by obtaining a Social Security disability representative. Individuals who retain a Social Security representative are more likely to win their SSI or social security disability hearing than those who attempt to represent themselves (national statistics indicate individualís who have representative win more disability hearings) at their SSI hearing. Social Security representatives are familiar with Social Security disability rules and guidelines; consequently they are able to present the facts of your disability claim in a way that is more favorable you.

Additionally, your Social Security representative will obtain any current medical records, physician statements, or any other information that may aid in winning your social security disability or SSI hearing.

Other than obtaining a Social Security representative, what can you do to win your social security disability or SSI hearing? You should show up at your hearing on time, since most administrative law judges have little patience for tardiness. Also, you should wear appropriate attire for your social security disability or SSI hearing, dress as you would for any other important court appearance. Lastly, be prepared to answer questions about your disabling condition or conditions, and how the limitations imposed by your condition have prevented you from performing routine daily activities including work activities.

For the most part, your social security disability or SSI hearing will be your best chance to win disability benefits. Administrative law judges have more leeway in making their disability determinations than state disability agencies. You should do all that you can to improve your chances of winning your hearing. If you follow the above mentioned tips, you may dramatically improve the likelihood of winning your SSI hearing.

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

Related pages:

How can I win Social Security Disability benefits?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
What kind of cases win disability benefits?
How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?
Winning a Social Security Disability Appeal or SSI Appeal
What Will a Disability Lawyer Do to Win a Social Security Case?
What are the chances of winning a Social Security Disability Benefits hearing?
Preparing for a Disability Hearing to Win Social Security or SSI Benefits
Winning Social Security Disability Benefits For Mental Disorders

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