Understanding Administrative Law HearingsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on April 13, 2015 | In Social Security Disability
A significant number of disability applications are initially denied. Applicants must then decide if they wish to appeal that decision. The first step in the appeals process is known as a reconsideration determination. This is when someone who was not involved in the first decision will review the case. If that person also denies the claim, applicants may then file a request for review with the Appeals Council. There is a 60 days deadline after receiving a reconsideration denial to request a hearing, so applicants must act fast.
Receiving the opportunity to present your case in front of an administrative law judge can take a couple years. During this time, you can build your case and collect additional evidence that you did not have during your initial application. You will not, however, receive benefits while waiting for your hearing. Furthermore, you will most likely not receive any income during this waiting period either. If you are able to work, you probably will not qualify for benefits. Therefore, you will be without financial support as you wait.
Once you do get in front of an administrative law judge, you will have a chance to present your case. The judge will have no prior knowledge of your case, so you must provide all relevant information and evidence. It will help to have medical records that back up your claim and documentation of your symptoms.
During the hearing, the judge will ask you about your condition and the symptoms you struggle with. He or she will want to know how your condition affects your ability to work and carry out everyday tasks. It can prove useful to have a disability attorney:
- Help you collect evidence of your condition,
- Fill out all necessary documents,
- Prepare you for the questions you will be asked during the hearing, and
- Stand with you during the hearing to help guide you through the process.
Disability insurance and supplemental security income provide modest but vital assistance. If you have a severe disability and health condition that affects your ability to work, make sure you take every step necessary to get the benefits you need. An experienced Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can help you secure the support you need.