Unfortunately, it occurs far too often that individuals who are in need of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are denied their initial claim. However, the bright side to this is that filing an appeal and attending a hearing may be an option. Continue reading to learn what you should do to prepare for your SSDI hearing and how an experienced New Jersey SSDI attorney at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur can help you in doing so.
What should I do to prepare for my SSDI hearing?
If you are denied SSDI benefits with your initial application, you will have to take your case to an administrative law judge (ALJ). From here, you will have to participate in a hearing before the ALJ. Notably, this ALJ will be someone who did not play a role in denying your initial claim.
You will have 60 days from the date of your denial to request a hearing before an ALJ. With this, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will likely schedule your in-person hearing within 75 miles of your home. Or, the SSA may determine that your hearing will take place via a video conference.
This government agency hearing will be performed much like a trial. Meaning, witnesses (i.e., medical providers) may be questioned and evidence will need to be submitted in order for a decision to be reached. With that being said, the following are some of the best ways you can prepare for your SSDI hearing:
- Prepare to answer questions related to your work history.
- Prepare to answer questions related to your medical conditions that limit your ability to work.
- Prepare to present documents related to your medical treatments and medical examinations related to your conditions.
- Prepare your expert witnesses (i.e., medical providers) for the testimony they will provide on your behalf.
How can an attorney help me prepare for my SSDI hearing?
There are many benefits that come with hiring an attorney for your SSDI hearing. Just some of these benefits are as follows:
- An attorney can ensure that the SSA schedules your hearing when and where it is supposed to.
- An attorney can ensure that the ALJ conducts the hearing fairly.
- An attorney can ensure that the ALJ does not ask inappropriate questions during your hearing.
- An attorney can ensure that you have all the witnesses necessary to appear at your hearing.
- An attorney can ensure that you have all the information necessary to present at your hearing.
So, if you are interested in legal representation for your hearing, you must pick up the phone and retain the services of a skilled New Jersey SSDI attorney today. We look forward to working with you.