Preparing For Your Social Security Disability Appeals Hearing

Posted on August 9th, 2018

Many people have waited a long time, often over a year or two, to have their Social Security disability appeal heard.  If you are one of those people who have been waiting a long time for a hearing, you should understand that this is the golden moment for you to prove that you really are disabled and in need of disability benefits. At Eric Buchanan & Associates, we also understand that you want to present the best possible case, and we can help.

Before you walk into the hearing, keep the following things in mind in order to be properly and fully prepared to present your case:

  • Be honest. Elaborate on questions as you and your disability attorney have discussed. Be prepared to give specific details on how your condition affects your ability to perform certain activities and how your condition keeps you from working.
  • Dress appropriately and respectfully, but don’t dress up too much. Please, do not wear shorts, sweat pants, or a T-shirt that has writing on it. Women should not wear too much make-up or jewelry and should not have nail polish on.  If you dress up too much, the judge can wonder why you are able to take care of yourself so well, and why you can’t work.  Wearing tattered clothes to demonstrate poverty, which in fact may be your situation, is disrespectful to the court and judge.
  • Be sure you have told our office about all the medical treatment that you have had. Our office will ensure that we gather all the medical records to support your case, but we cannot get records we don’t know about.  Be sure to fill out the forms we have given you to update us on your treatment, and let us know of any recent treatment you have had.
  • Unless we tell you otherwise, you do not need to bring witnesses. In most cases, your attorney will explain your case to the judge based on your records, and will help you explain why you can’t work. Usually, the best witness will be good records and opinions provided by your doctors.  Only in rare cases will you need to bring a family member, friend, or former co-worker who knows your condition, and we will tell you if you need to bring someone like that to your hearing.

Before you walk into the hearing room your attorney from Eric Buchanan’s office will go over your testimony help you t be ready to answer the questions you may be asked at the hearing, and we’ll be at your side as you answer the judge’s questions. We’ll be there for you every step of the way.

Getting Legal Help

The experienced disability team at Eric Buchanan & Associates has handled thousands of disability claims, and has many years of experience in disability insurance, ERISA long term disability and Social Security disability law. Give us a call today at 877-634-2506 or email us at info@buchanandisability.com  to set up your appointment.