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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

Video Hearings For Social Security Disability Claims

If you need a disability hearing, you could face a backlog of up to several months before you can be seen by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).┬áTo help reduce this backlog and streamline the process, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has implemented… Read More

Telephonic Hearings for Disability Benefits During COVID-19 Pandemic

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken action to modify how it handles disability claims pending at the hearing level. Both Social Security offices and hearing offices have since been closed,… Read More

Why You Should Not Delay in Filing an Appeal If Denied Disability Benefits

Filing a claim for disability benefits can be complex and time consuming. Most applicants are often initially denied and have to go through the appeals process to obtain the benefits they need. Part of this process involves filing appeals within a timely… Read More

Can You Lose a Partial Award After a Social Security Disability Appeal?

If the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves your claim, you will be given an established onset date (EOD), which is the date the agency believes your disability began based on your medical evidence. This date may be later than you approve and… Read More

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