Posted on Jun 8, 2020

Law Office of Robert C. Buckley, Esq.

How do I prepare for a Social Security Disability Appeal hearing?

First of all, make sure you have an attorney. Social Security laws and regulations can be complex and confusing, and it is important that you understand the rules governing the hearing process. For example, all medical evidence must be submitted to SSA no fewer than five business days before a hearing. Likewise, medical and vocational experts typically testify at hearings. If you are unable to effectively cross examine these individuals, there is a good chance that their testimony will provide the basis for a denial. Lastly, make sure you have plenty of current medical evidence. By the time a case gets before a judge, it has typically been 1.5 to 2 years. During that time, social security has not ordered any medical records. It is your obligation to get medical records for that period of time to prove your case. Judges will deny a case if they cannot point to medical evidence which proves the disability that a person is trying to establish.
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