How Your Attorney Will Help You Get Ready for Your Social Security Disability HearingBy Kenton Koszdin on May 31, 2018 | In Social Security Disability
If your initial application for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits has been denied, you know how frustrating it can be to work through this process. Most first applications are denied, and few more are approved after requests for reconsideration.
At this point, we encourage you to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Having an attorney on your side to prepare you for the hearing and to represent you in front of the Judge can make or break your SSDI case!
Preparing You for Your Social Security Disability Hearing
Here are some of the ways that we prepare our clients for that all-important hearing:
We will make sure that your hearing request is submitted by the applicable deadline and that medical records are in order.
We will double-check your file and confirm what issues are still outstanding.
We will review questions that the Judge may ask you at the hearing. Here are some examples:
- Describe your symptoms with specific examples
- Are you currently seeing a doctor for your illness or injury?
- When were you first unable to work?
- Are you able to do any work now?
- What treatments have your doctors tried?
- What medications are you taking and what are their side effects? Do they help?
- Are you currently abusing either alcohol or drugs? If so, are you seeking help for this problem?
- Do you have health insurance?
- What is your daily routine like?
- Are you able to take care of normal personal tasks such as hygiene, cooking, cleaning, driving, shopping for groceries?
- Name some of the things that you used to enjoy that you are unable to do now.
- Are you able to climb a flight of stairs? Walk at least a block?
- Can you lift a gallon of milk?
- How are your relationships with others, with family and friends?
- How far did you go in school?
You may be embarrassed to discuss these personal matters in the presence of the Judge and other witnesses, but you must answer each question as honestly and completely as you can.
Lastly, we will consider which witnesses may be helpful to invite to the hearing. For example, the testimony of a witness who knows you and how your impairments affect your work functioning or your daily activities may be very helpful. These can include a former employer or a caregiver.
With our assistance before and during the hearing, you will have the best chance of getting the disability benefits you have earned. Please let us help!
We Can Help with Your Social Security Disability Application
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, enlist help from an attorney experienced in these types of cases. Call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys at 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. We can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.