Kissimmee residents who believe they meet the medical requirements to receive Social Security disability benefits might be surprised to know that even if the medical issues are such that they cannot work, there is still a chance they will be denied Social Security. A common reason for this is that they were not adequately prepared for their hearing. It is with that in mind that claimants need to know how to prepare for their hearing.
A factor that frequently arises in Social Security disability claims is the age of the applicant. People younger than 50 will often have to go to a hearing. This will be held in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ) who will decide on the claim. These hearings can cause nervousness and the applicant might not be able to express him or herself as effectively as they would if there was proper preparation before the hearing. In some instances, they go to the hearing without legal representation.
It must be remembered that the court will have doctors and vocational experts that might contradict what the applicant and their doctors and experts will say in defense of the application for benefits. Even if the ALJ denies the claim, there are still options to appeal that can yield an approval if the process is done correctly and the applicant is fully prepared.
There are numerous issues that must be considered when pursuing Social Security disability benefits. The records from the hospital, doctors’ reports, reports from psychiatrists and psychologists, and other important pieces of information are part of the process. A lawyer can also cross-examine the court’s experts to find flaws in their theories as to why the applicant does not warrant an approval.
The Lawrence Law Firm handles all different kinds of cases involving Social Security issues. Our firm website contains background about our experience in this field, as well as some helpful information about Social Security disability law. Those who are pursuing disability benefits should make certain to speak to a lawyer before moving forward with a case to avoid making mistakes that arise from being unprepared.