What to expect during your ALJ Disability Hearing
You Must Ask for A Reconsideration Prior to Appeal
How to Request a Hearing
Types of Evidence that May be Presented at the Hearing
The varied types of evidence that may be presented at your hearing are one of the reasons a higher percentage of appeals are approved. Unlike in your initial claims process or reconsideration, witness and personal testimony, medical experts and other individuals may testify as to your injury or inability to return to work. You or your legal representative may also question witnesses. Questions must be answered under oath, but the proceedings themselves are far less formal than a typical legal case.
Another difference between a reconsideration and appeal is that new evidence is allowed to be presented. This is especially helpful for applicants who may have been deficient in their initial filing. Additional medical records, statements, pictures or other evidence may all be used to help bolster your claim. For some applicants, this makes an appeal hearing much like a second chance to correct a defective initial filing.
After the Hearing
After your disability benefits appeal hearing, the ALJ will make a decision and inform you in writing. In over 50% of appeals cases the result is favorable and claimants will be granted their benefits. One of the reasons for the increased level of success is that many applicants will enlist the services of a disability law lawyer to represent their interests at the appeal hearing.
A lawyer experienced in the disability application process can often help ensure your submission is complete, deadlines are met and that your case is thoroughly explained to the administrative law judge. If you’re considering filing an appeal for a hearing, call the Law Offices of Justin McMurray, P.A. for an initial consultation. Our licensed attorneys will provide a no cost analysis of your claim and can provide deeper insight into what to expect during the claims process, ensuring the best possible outcome for your disability law case.
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