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How to Improve Your Odds of a Favorable Outcome at a Social Security Disability Hearing

November 19th, 2014 Social Security Disability

A social security disability hearing provides you with a chance to have your case reviewed by a judge and attempt to get the Social Security Administration (SSA) to approve your claim, even if it has been denied in the past. In order to improve your chances of having a successful hearing, hire an experienced Arkansas Social Security attorney.

Why Should I Hire a Social Security Attorney?

While you do have the option of attending the hearing on your own, you will not have the benefits that an attorney can provide to improve your odds. The social security disability claims process involves several complicated regulations, and it’s easy to overlook confusing legal information that could potentially help your case. An Arkansas Social Security attorney will be familiar with all of these regulations and gather the relevant documentation needed to support your claim. They will also help you adequately prepare for your disability hearing so you will know what to expect beforehand.

When you hire an attorney, they will first meet with you to go over the details of your case and review your paperwork. Each social security disability case is different, but to prepare for your hearing, your attorney will most likely take the following steps:

  • Review your Social Security Administration (SSA) file. This file contains your medical records and other reports necessary to claim your disability. Your attorney will look to see what information the SSA has and how that information can affect your case. Your attorney might determine that more medical information is required and speak to your healthcare provider for you.
  • Contact your healthcare provider. Your Arkansas Social Security attorney might ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to provide specific information on your disability that the SSA will need in order to approve your claim.
  • Suggest an additional evaluation. If it improves your chances of disability approval, your attorney may recommend seeing a specialist to better assess your condition and provide the SSA with more detailed medical information. For example, records from a general practitioner will not provide as much detailed information when compared to reports from specialists like a cardiologist or orthopedic surgeon.
  • Prepare you for the hearing. After thoroughly reviewing your case and building a strategy, your attorney will make sure that you are well-prepared for your hearing. They will go over what to expect and how to deliver an effective testimony before the judge. With your attorney’s help, you will know what information to focus on when you testify in order to improve your chances of winning your case. If your attorney determines that having witnesses testify on your behalf could help your case, they will find the right individuals to support your testimony.
  • Cross-examine the vocational expert. The SSA will have a vocational expert (VE) attend your hearing and answer questions on the types of skills needed to perform your job and whether or not you are able to do so with your disability. The judge questions the VE first, then your attorney has the opportunity to cross-examine them. Your attorney will know what types of questions to ask in order to help your case.

For more information on how an attorney can help you win your Social Security disability hearing, please contact Nolan Caddell Reynolds online or call 1-866-331-7348. Our team of legal experts can improve your chances of winning your Social Security disability case and can get you on track to move on with your life.

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