If your claim for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied, you and your attorney may file for reconsideration to have someone new review your claim and issue a new decision.
If your benefits are still denied, you may request a hearing with an administrative law judge who was not involved in the previous reviews of your case. The hearing will likely be held in person or via video conference.
If you are scheduled for an SSD benefits hearing in Georgia, you should be prepared to answer the judge’s questions regarding your medical condition, any treatments you have undergone, and the impact of your condition on your day-to-day life. You will want to give the judge a complete, realistic picture of your disability and how it affects your personal and professional life.
It may be in your best interest to review your application and other documentation in your case file before the hearing to make sure you are familiar with the details. You don’t need to remember everything, but you should at least have important documents on hand (e.g. your Medical and Job Worksheet) to help you answer the judge’s questions.
Updated medical records and any other new evidence will also need to be presented to the judge. Often times, medical expert witnesses, as well as written statements from medical experts, family members, and other people that see you on a regular basis can help you win your appeal. These statements can help show the judge how your disability prevents you from working and living a normal life.
Your attorney can represent you during the hearing and speak on your behalf throughout the hearing process.