Being awarded medical and disability benefits via an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is a complex process. To ensure your appeal is prepared, our attorneys can help organize and present your personal and financial information. We can also prepare you and any witnesses to offer credible testimony and ensure your medical evidence provides a comprehensive description of your disability.
An ALJ hearing is the second phase of the appeals process. When our firm manages your appeal, we will explain the steps that define how to win a Social Security Disability hearing. We want you to understand each step in the process, the monthly benefits you will receive if your appeal is approved, and your potential for a lump sum payment.
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Make Our Social Security Disability Team Part of Your Fight for Benefits
Representing yourself during the Social Security Disability (SSD) appeals process can be complicated and time-consuming. Simply wading through the vast amount of required paperwork can be overwhelming, let alone preparing for an ALJ hearing. As such, the Social Security Administration (SSA) encourages hiring a representative and provides instruction specifically for your legal team.
When our firm represents you, we take the time to understand the cause of your disability. Then, we follow these steps to create the best conditions for your appeal:
- Read and review your personal and financial information
- Read and review your medical records and written prognosis
- Request an ALJ appeal and represent you at your hearing
Once we are prepared, our disability attorneys can present your information and evidence in an organized and understandable manner. Finally, we help you and your witnesses offer substantive and compelling testimony.
Personal and Financial Information
To ensure the appeals process is fair and unbiased, the ALJ who hears your appeal must have no previous involvement in your case. This gives us an opportunity to present your information and evidence to a new set of eyes. We will verify that:
- Your personal information is accurate
- Your financial data is precise and up to date
- Your eligibility for benefits is clear
We also take time to present your information in a way that is logically structured and that answers any objections from the previous appeals phase. Doing so ensures your information speaks directly to your need for disability benefits.
Definitive and Distinct Testimony
When we appear at your ALJ hearing, you will give sworn testimony under oath. In addition to your own testimony, the ALJ will hear testimony from supportive witnesses.
We recommend dressing comfortably, relaxing, and answering questions honestly and succinctly. Witnesses we may call to bolster your case include your:
Beforehand, our team will make sure you and your witnesses understand how and when the ALJ will question you. We will work with you to present the testimony to describe your disability, the impact it has had on your life, and its expected impact on your future.
Conclusive Medical Evidence
SSD is a single program that provides benefits via two programs. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is for individuals who participated in the program while they worked. Meanwhile, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for individuals with little or no income or resources. Both programs rely largely on the same measure of medical evidence, including:
- A detailed explanation of your disability
- The date your disability began
- A description of its impact on your life
- Medical and laboratory test results
- Detailed treatment information
SSA administrators allow us to present a brief recommending a favorable decision for you. Our team is familiar with the process, so we can prepare your case and submit your information prior to the hearing, as well as any post-hearing information the ALJ may request.
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Hear From SSD Clients We Have Helped in the Past
You deserve to have someone on your side as you navigate the Social Security Disability system. Previous clients we have helped secure medical and financial disability benefits had this to say:
- “Andrea stuck with me to the end. I could always get through to her. Her staff was great and would always get right back with me. I wasn’t just “a file in a cabinet” and I was treated as if I was the only client.” – Lavonda
- “Andrea made me feel very comfortable and let me know from the beginning that she really cares for her clients and their well being. She is very thorough and kept me well informed of what to expect. She was always available if I had questions concerning my case and she did not make me feel like I was bothering her.” – Debbie
- “Andrea Farmer was very professional and was very instrumental in helping me get my social security disability and helping me draw up my power of attorney and will. I would strongly recommend her for any legal issues I would have.” – Douglas
We fight hard for clients so they can receive their disability benefits. When you trust us with your SSD appeal, you get the power and resources of our entire team behind your fight.
Call Today for Immediate Help
If you received a denial for disability benefits, we can help you fight to win a Social Security Disability hearing. Find out more about the appeals process and our services by contacting one of our Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC team members at (828) 286-3866 today.
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