If your claim for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, the next step is to file a request for a hearing before one of Social Security’s Administrative Law Judges. Please contact Viner Disability Law immediately if your claim has been denied and you would like a free consultation. During each consultation, our staff will evaluate your claim for disability benefits and answer any questions that you may have about the disability process, especially at the hearing level. If we feel we can formulate an effective strategy to win your claim for benefits, we will extend an offer of representation to you. You owe us no fee unless we win your claim.
How Will Viner Disability Law Prepare for My Hearing?
Viner Disability Law expends an enormous amount of energy and effort preparing for each one of our clients’ hearings. The process begins several months before the hearing when we begin developing your claim. We will call you or ask you to meet with us to discuss the current severity of all of your disabilities and how they are affecting your ability to work. We will then request all of your medical treatment records and conduct a comprehensive review of each and every treatment note, MRI, examination, lab report, discharge summary, and intake evaluation. With all of this information in hand, we will formulate the most effective strategy for us to win your claim for disability benefits. If needed, we will develop additional medical evidence by obtaining a statement from one of your treating physicians or by having you attend a third-party medical examination.
In the days before your hearing, we will conduct a comprehensive and detailed meeting during which we prepare you for the hearing. We want you to be as comfortable as possible during the hearing and strive to ensure there will be no surprise questions. These appointments normally take place in-person but can also be completed over the phone. During this session, we will provide you with in-depth information on our theory of disability in your case and help you prepare your testimony. We will also try to prepare you as much as possible for the environment that you will enter when you attend the hearing. Unlike most court interactions, a Social Security disability hearing is held in a small administrative room and fairly informal. While your attorney will provide an opening statements and the ALJ may ask you questions, you will not take a witness stand and there will not be a courtroom audience.
On the day of the hearing, your attorney will meet with you before the start time to review all of the prehearing session’s information and answer any last-minute questions that you may have.
How Long Will My Hearing Last?
A Social Security disability hearing typically lasts between one and four hours depending on the nature of the claim, the presence of a Vocational Expert (VE) or a Medical Expert (ME), and the length of the ALJ’s questioning.
Will I Be Required to Attend?
In the vast majority of cases, claimants are required to attend their hearing. This is because the ALJ may want to ask the claimant questions and because Viner Disability Law feels that the claimant’s testimony is the best way to help the Judge understand how the medical condition has impacted daily life.
If you have a disability hearing that has been requested or scheduled and would like a free evaluation of your claim for disability benefits, please do not hesitate to contact our office. You may reach out to us via phone or by filling out the contact form on this website.