What To Expect at a Social Security Disability HearingBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 15, 2017 | In Social Security Disability
If your Social Security Disability (SSDI) claim has been denied after Reconsideration, you have the right to request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. At this point in the appeals process, it’s important to consult with an attorney experienced in Los Angeles SSDI appeals for the best outcome.
The judge will set the date, time and place for the hearing, which may happen through video conferencing. Note that the hearing will not be in a courtroom – instead, it will be in a more informal setting such as a business conference room or at your local Social Security office.
Participants in the SSDI Hearing
In addition to you, your attorney and the Administrative Law Judge, other attendees at the hearing can include:
- Invited family members for support.
- Any witnesses you want to bring who can testify to your limitations.
- A vocational expert who knows about the skills needed to perform certain jobs as well as job availability in your labor market.
- A medical expert who may be called to evaluate your medical records and explain your medical conditions.
- A court reporter.
What Happens During the Hearing
After you are sworn in by the court reporter, the Judge will ask you questions about your past work and your physical limitations. Don’t worry! We’ll help you prepare in advance so you will be able to answer the Judge’s questions, and also will be prepared to speak about how your disability limits your ability to work and your normal day-to-day life.
The Judge then may ask the vocational expert hypothetical questions about work that someone like you can be expected to do. The Judge may also ask the medical expert questions about your medical condition.
You may be asked by the Judge if you would like to make any comments. This is your opportunity to explain how your disability affects you. Discuss how you are affected by your medical condition including pain levels, mobility issues, sleep and appetite problems and relationships with others.
You will receive a written notice as to the Judge’s determination in your case. If you disagree with the result, the next step is to appeal to the Appeals Council within 60 days of receiving the hearing notice.
Let Us Know If Your SSDI Application Has Been Denied
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.