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How Do I Prepare for My Disability Hearing?

Published on November 19th, 2018

If you’ve been denied Social Security benefits, the next step is typically an appeal hearing. Receiving a notice for an appeal hearing can be intimidating, knowing how much rides on the Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) decision. However, with dedicated preparation and tips from an experienced Social Security law firm in Oak Ridge, you can rest assured knowing you’re on the right track.

Know Your Case

As your hearing date approaches, spend some time reviewing your claim. Your case file should include everything you need to refresh your memory about your case. This includes copies of applications, correspondence with the Social Security Administration (SSA), and medical documents. Even though you know your situation better than anyone, it’s better to be prepared when it comes time for the ALJ to review your appeal.

Bring Notes

Instead of memorizing every single detail of your case for the hearing, opt for a cheat sheet. Jot down notes on the most common questions asked at disability hearings and thoughtfully record your desired responses. Be sure to take your notes with you for reference during your hearing.

Seek Help with Your Appeal

Although there are many things you can do on your own to help increase the chances of winning your appeal, you don’t need to face the process alone. You can get help from friends, advocates, or a Social Security law firm in Oak Ridge. While hiring a lawyer isn’t necessary for winning your case, it’s often very beneficial. By having an experienced resource that understands the legal system, you’ll find yourself in a better position. For more information, contact the dedicated legal team at Kenneth Miller & Associates today!

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