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How Can a Pre-hearing Brief Help My Disability Appeal?

A disability claim often contains hundreds of pages of medical evidence that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is expected to review prior to a hearing. To avoid any evidence being overlooked, a written brief to the ALJ before your hearing can allow… Read More

How Do I Request a Social Security Disability Appeal Hearing?

If you were denied benefits after a reconsideration of your disability claim, you have the right to request a Social Security Disability appeal hearing. This can be done in one of three ways. A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may offer… Read More

Status Updates to Expect During the Disability Hearing Process

If your initial and reconsideration disability claims have been denied, you have the right to appeal the decision in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). However, many claimants do not realize that once you reach a disability hearing at… Read More

Can I Get My Social Security Disability Hearing Scheduled Faster?

Most applicants initially denied disability benefits have to wait nearly a year or more to get an appeals hearing scheduled. Other factors may also delay a Social Security disability hearing, such as the availability of an administrative law judge or… Read More

Options If You Cannot Appear or Afford to Attend a Disability Hearing

If you have appealed your disability claim and your request for reconsideration was also denied, a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is the next step. The ALJ will generally hold the hearing within 75 miles from your home. However, this… Read More

How a Lawyer Establishes a Disability Case at an Appeals Hearing

The key to having a successful appeals hearing to obtain disability benefits is ensuring that your claim is fully developed and a clear theory of disability is established to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). A theory of disability needs to be well-supported… Read More

Am I Required to Attend a Social Security Disability Hearing?

If an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) schedules a hearing, you should attend. A disability hearing is your best shot at getting approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you fail to attend… Read More

Would Having a Lawyer Improve the Outcome of My Disability Hearing?

Most applicants who are initially denied disability benefits may not realize that being represented at the hearing level of the appeals process are twice as likely to be approved than an unrepresented applicant. A disability hearing before an administrative… Read More

Obtaining a Letter From Your Doctor to Support Your Disability Case

Medical records are one of the most important components of a disability claim. Aside from providing these records to help prove the extent of your disability, a letter of support from your doctor can go a long way toward qualifying you for disability… Read More

Bringing a Witness to Your Disability Appeal Hearing

If your disability claim has been denied, you have the right to appeal this decision. Doing so may mean proceeding to a Social Security Disability appeal hearing. Attending this hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to answer questions about… Read More

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