When you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits and have been denied, you can request a hearing that is heard by an administrative law judge to review your case. Because this is a formal hearing which can affect the outcome of your being able to obtain benefits or not, it is important to have a Social Security benefits attorney representing you at the hearing. The Malaise Law Firm has extensive experience in these types of procedures and can effectively prepare your case prior to the hearing so as to present all the necessary documents the judge will require to make a decision.
When your hearing is scheduled, you will be notified of the date and time. Some hearings are held in person, others are held via conference call or through video hearings. The hearing is normally held in an office like environment with only you, your legal counsel, the judge and any expert witnesses sitting around a table. You will be sworn in and the judge will ask you questions regarding your injuries and your disability. The judge requests expert witnesses such as medical professionals or a vocational expert who can provide information on what your past job duties entailed physically. Your attorney should have all of your latest medical records for the judge and medical expert to review so that they can determine the level of your disability. You will be asked specific questions regarding your limitations and how you are affected by pain and your particular disability. Your attorney can prepare you so as to have you answer the questions truthfully, but in a manner that reflects what the judge is trying to determine – basically whether you can work in some capacity or not.
The judge’s determination following the hearing normally is sent in the mail several weeks after the hearing. Obtaining a hearing after a denial can sometimes take 12 to 18 months before it is scheduled. If you are in dire financial need, our office may be able to help you expedite this hearing in order to make a quicker determination as to the status of your benefits.
Legal Assistance With the Disability Hearings Process
When you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits, you need the help of a qualified Social Security Benefits lawyer who has experience in this area of the law. The Malaise Law Firm has been assisting clients throughout the State of Texas for over 17 years and can provide you with the personal attention you need in order to obtain the benefits you deserve. Getting through the hearing process is not an easy task; it is therefore important to have legal counsel representing you so as to maximize your chances of winning your appeal.
Contact the Malaise Law Firm when you are facing a hearing after being denied Social Security Disability benefits.