Have you already requested your hearing? It’s not too late to get help with a Social Security Hearing from a skilled attorney or representative. You can hire an attorney at any time before the hearing. Usually the ALJ will even postpone a hearing so you can hire a representative.
Hearings are important! A good hearing makes the difference in whether you win or not. Although the hearing is informal, most claimants who represent themselves are at a disadvantage. I’m Hallman Woods, Social Security disability lawyer. I have represented Social Security disability claimants at hearings for many years.
Prepare for a Successful Social Security Hearing
Here’s what I do to prepare for a successful hearing.
1. Conduct a thorough review your electronic folder to determine the evidence in your file. It’s important to find out both the good and the bad in the file.
2. A review of the file lets me determine the factual and legal issues in your case. Remember we want to present your case in its best possible light.
3. Meet with you to get updates about your medical condition and other problems you may have. Sometimes we may be able to suggest low cost or no cost sources for medical treatment.
It is essential that you get as much treatment as recommended by your doctor. This includes medications, therapy, and diagnostic tests. You cannot win your case without supporting evidence. The judge cannot approve your claim based just on what you say.
4. Before your hearing your medical information will be updated and put into the record. The ALJ will have all the latest medical reports about your condition.
5. Then, a week or two before the hearing, we will meet for your final preparation session. At this meeting I will share with you exactly what you can expect at the hearing. This includes who’s in the hearing room. Who will be asking questions and what questions to expect. We will review your impairments and how your medical problems keep you from working.
For more answers to your questions about your hearing call me, Hallman Woods.
Call me at 337-364-4556. Or, send an email using the online contact form and tell me about your case. Initial case evaluations are free, and there is no fee unless you win your case.