Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

What should you expect from your disability hearing?

If you cannot work due to a physical limitation, mental condition or medical diagnosis, you may know that you can get certain types of benefits through a disability claim. The Social Security Administration provides financial support for eligible individuals, but the requirements are strict. It's not always easy to obtain these benefits, even with a valid claim and serious physical limitations.

The process of security disability benefits is so complex that many people are not initially successful. You may find that you have to go through additional processes after the initial application to get the support you need. If your claim came back denied, you can request a reconsideration of your claim. If this is not successful, you can request a hearing with a New York Administrative Law Judge who will look at your case and make a ruling.

Preparing for success

The disability benefits application process is complex, and the appeals process can be as well. You will find it beneficial to prepare for your hearing as best you can, starting with learning more about what to expect from this process. After an unsuccessful reconsideration of your claim, you will have 60 days to request this hearing. After you submit this request, the SSA will send you notice of when and where your hearing will be.

Each hearing is a little different because each disability case is different. However, you may be able to expect the following things at your hearing:

  • You will have to swear in, as will anyone else who will be testifying at the hearing.
  • The judge will provide an overview of your case, and he or she may ask you questions about it at this time.
  • The judge may also ask questions at this time of vocational experts, medical professionals and others who are speaking during the hearing.
  • If you have not been able to do so, you can request the right to speak at this hearing.
  • You or your legal counsel has the right to question any of the experts brought in by the SSA. 

After this hearing and carefully reviewing all of the evidence in your case, the judge will then make a ruling about your benefits. With better preparation for this step, you may be able to give yourself a higher chance of success. With so much at stake and your benefits on the line, you will find it beneficial to work with an experienced disability attorney from the earliest stages of this process.

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