SSDI declined: What you can expect at a hearing

| May 10, 2021 | Blog, Social Security Disability

Residents of Hackensack and other areas of New Jersey may want to learn more about what happens at a hearing for SSDI (Social Security Disability). You may have a friend or family member that has a disability and wants to appeal a denial of SSDI benefits.

According to AARP, the majority of people receive a “no.” However, there are things you can do.

Ask for a different examiner or file for a hearing

You can ask for a different examiner and a medical team. You have the right, if they say no, to have an appeal before a judge from the Social Security Administration. About 25 percent of those approved have only received approval after a hearing.

Disability hearings are somewhat like trials

An SSDI claim is less formal than a trial, but legal or professional representation may be helpful. The federal Government Accountability Office did a study that found that people who have a representative are nearly three times more likely to get the benefits approved.

What you can present to strengthen your case

The judge reviews your file. You may also present expert witnesses, such as psychologists, physicians or other medical professionals. Testimony from a medical expert often helps the case.

If they rule against you, you can request a review by the Appeals Council. You’ll only have 60 days to present this claim for reconsideration. If medical issues or other problems prevent your from attending an in-person appointment, you must notify the hearing office in writing at least five days beforehand.

If you have a denial from an SSDI claim, it may be wise to consult an attorney to guide you through claims process and help you, step by step, get the benefits that you need. They may have the experience and knowledge in handling your claim, smoothing out the process that leads to success.