SSDI Appeal Hearings: Don't Do These Things

If you have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you may be getting ready for your appeal hearing. So many ex-workers are denied their benefits for various reasons. However, if you don't treat your appeal hearing seriously, you could be in for yet another disappointment. Read on to learn what you should not do at your hearing and why.

Don't misunderstand the problem with your application

It's easy to see how many SSDI claimants are confused about their denial. The letter the Social Security Administration (SSA) sends out when they deny a claim is hard to decipher sometimes. However, you cannot expect to fight the denial without knowing the problem.

Don't fail to prepare for the hearing

You will have several weeks, if not months, to get ready for the hearing. However, you must use that time wisely. In some cases, you may need to have another medical examination. Your condition might have worsened, or you might have developed additional issues while you waited for the SSA to make its ruling. You will need to have copies of your medical records, the results of diagnostic tests, doctor's notes and letters, and more on hand. It can take time to assemble the proof of your medical or mental health impairments so don't wait till the last minute.

Don't be caught off-guard

It can be intimidating to answer questions asked by the administrative law judge. Unless you have help with your claim, you may have no idea what will be asked. This is no time to freeze up, though, because it might be your final chance to ask the denial to be overturned.

Don't become emotional or use exaggerations

Being denied benefits that you know you need can be difficult. However, being too emotional to speak can harm your case. On the other hand, be aware that the judge is familiar with Social Security issues and they have probably seen many claimants exaggerate their illnesses.

Don't think you won't need a lawyer to help you

It's clear that just having a Social Security lawyer by your side can raise your chances of approval. A Social Security lawyer can help you:

  • Understand the reason why you were turned down
  • Prepare for the hearing
  • Help you respond to questions at the hearing and challenge the judge and experts at the hearing
  • Present proof that you deserve benefits based on your medical records (which they will obtain) and recent medical exams (which they will arrange)

Speak to a Social Security law firm, such as Attorney John B. Martin Law Offices, about your denial today and get started on your hearing preparations.