Social Security Disability Hearings
Our Social Security Attorneys in Orlando are experienced in helping clients navigate the complex world of social security/disability benefits. We’re happy to help you with your social security claim whether it’s your first attempt to obtain benefits or if you’ve already been denied once or more than once and you’d like our assistance in appealing that determination.
Appealing Decisions Made by the Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration (SSA) holds hearings if decisions they have made are appealed by disability insurance applicants or even people already receiving benefits.
If you receive an adverse determination, you have the right to appeal the decision. The most common types of appeals involve the denial of benefits, the determination that you are being overpaid, or a decision that you are no longer eligible for disability payments.
The first step involves a full review that will result in the initial decision being upheld or overturned, depending on the circumstances. If the initial unfavorable decision is upheld, the next step is to appeal and request a hearing within 60 days of receiving the reconsideration letter and determination. If the hearing is not requested within this 60 day period, the request for a hearing will be denied.
An SSA hearing is conducted before an Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ, who resolves any conflicts or disputes between the SSA and an applicant. The ALJ considers all of the available evidence, including the applicant's testimony and supporting medical documentation, to make a new decision regarding the issue.
An Overview of the Hearing Process
The hearing process begins with a formal request for hearing filed by the applicant. The SSA will notify you of the hearing date at least 20 days in advance so you can participate in the hearing in person or via video teleconference.
It is extremely important to review all evidence that you have already submitted to the SSA prior to the hearing to determine whether you want to provide additional evidence. Most successful appeals involve the introduction of new evidence, which you should send it to the Social Security office as soon as possible after your request is filed.
What to Expect in Your SSD Hearing
Social Security hearings are similar to trials in that evidence will be submitted and testimony heard. One difference, however, is that the SSA will not have an attorney present. We encourage you to have an attorney present to represent your interests.
A Social Security Disability hearing will proceed as follows:
- The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will explain the issue to be resolved at the hearing and may question you and any witness or witnesses you bring to the hearing.
- The ALJ will question any other witnesses that he or she has asked to come to the hearing.
- Your Florida Social Security Disability attorney will then have the opportunity to question witnesses and submit evidence.
- The ALJ will consider all the evidence and testimony to reach a decision, which will be issued in writing.
- The ALJ will mail you a copy of the written decision he or she has reached.
If you plan on submitting a Social Security disability claim, or have been denied, you should seek assistance from a skilled our team as soon as possible. We know what type of evidence is needed by the Social Security Administration to support your claim, as well as how to act when your claim is denied.
Contact an expert Orlando SSDI lawyer at The Trial Professionals P.A. today for a free case evaluation—you can reach us at (855) 375-9959.