This blog recently talked about the importance of the Social Security disability hearing process so it might be helpful to look at it in a little more detail. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for an initial application for Social Security disability benefits to be denied so part of the appeals process includes a hearing which is something disabled individuals applying for benefits should understand.

The hearing is part of the appeals process for Social Security disability benefits and is before an administrative law judge. If the disabled individual’s initial claim for benefits has been denied, it is important to be prepared for the hearing. The hearing provides an opportunity for the disabled individual to talk about their disability and need for benefits. It is important to only share the medical condition, medical treatment, symptoms or other medical information in a factual way.

During the hearing the disabled applicant may receive questions related to the disabled applicant’s medical condition; the disabled applicant’s medical history; the disabled applicant’s physical and or mental abilities and ability to work in their job or in similar or other employment; the disabled applicant’s employment history; the disabled applicant’s education and training; and the disabled applicant’s day-to-day activities and what they are able to do.

It is important that disabled individuals are able to answer these questions thoughtfully and that they have thought through their answers in advance. Preparing for an appeals hearing should not be taken lightly and the more prepared the disabled individual is, the fewer concerns they will have about the process which will be helpful to obtaining the oftentimes badly-needed benefits.