Disability hearing is the introductory or reassessed resolution related to a person’s incapacity petition or request. Generally speaking, disability hearing cases deals with aspects regarding the chances of considering the plaintiff handicapped or reassessing the incapacity.
Facts and figures demonstrate that between 60 and 70 percent all the disability hearing claims filed in the SSD and the SSI are refused. However, it’s important to say that even when your claim has been turned down you still have some other alternatives to continue your disability hearing case.
If the SSA refused your claim, you can still go to the Administrative Law Judge to ask for the chance to reconsider the case. After going through complicated procedures, you will have the chance to say everything about your disability hearing case in front of a judge. Before that day, you will have to think of several things that might come up during the audience. Let’s have a look at some things you should consider for the disability hearing day.
1. Audience room – they are different from courtrooms because the disability hearing rooms are generally smaller and have a conference desk. You will also find a microphone, and tape recorders in order to keep records of what is said during the hearing. It’s not possible to enter an audience room during the process but it’s actually quite informal in order to make people feel comfortable to tell the judge what they have to say.
2. People in the audience room – like we said before spectators are not allowed in the room so you will see a judge, an assistant, a lawyer, witnesses and you.
3. There will be different kinds of professionals present in the disability hearing room. One of them is the expert witness, who helps the judge evaluate the problems derived from your case. Another is the vocational expert, who helps the judge understand your skills and the kinds of jobs you have done in the past. This is essential to allow the judge to determine if your disability hearing condition prevents you from going back to work. Then there’s the medical professional, who gives the judge a report of your health conditions.
4. Statement – the judge generally asks plaintiffs to give him details about their social background including age, education, marital status, jobs, health conditions and limitations.
5. Important considerations – at the moment of going to the disability hearing audience, it’s essential that you are honest and accurate. If the judge asks you something, simply say yes or no. Try to describe how painful your situation is without using improper vocabulary. Don’t forget to take your medicine with you, just in case the judge needs to see them. Finally, pay attention to your attitude in order to help the judge believe your claim.