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What is the disability hearing all about?

On Behalf of | May 25, 2018 | Social Security Disability

If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, mental illness or serious physical injury, you could qualify for financial support through disability benefits. However, the process of getting the financial support you need can be complex. Among other requirements, you will have to prove you are disabled.

When applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, you may have to go to a hearing. This occurs if your initial claim is denied and you appeal. During this hearing, you will have the opportunity to prove you have a valid disability. It is beneficial for Ohio applicants to prepare thoroughly for this step as well as to have qualified support and guidance for the entire application process. 

What you should know for this important step

The hearing is an important part of the disability appeals process. There are various questions you will have to answer, and you (or your lawyer) will have to provide information related to: 

  • Physical condition and mental cognition: The administrative law judge will want to know the limits of your physical and mental capabilities regarding your capacity to work.
  • Medical history and information: This includes your medical condition, medication you need and other care you require.
  • Other information: The ALJ may also inquire about your daily activities, employment history and even information about your job training and education.

The administrative law judge will use the information you provide during the hearing in determining whether to approve or deny your claim. The hearing is important, and careful preparation is essential. Gathering important documents, making a list of medications and documenting how your disability affects your life can help you prepare for this step in the disability claims process.

Guidance for an important process 

If you are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition, you may wonder how you will be able to secure the financial support you need. The disability claims process is not easy to navigate, but you do not have to go through it alone.

Many applicants find it beneficial to seek guidance as they complete paperwork and prepare for their disability hearing. You will have a stronger chance of securing the benefits you need without unnecessary delays and setbacks. When your financial security and well-being is at stake, you have no time to lose in securing the help you deserve.