What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing
After waiting month after month for a hearing, your big day has finally arrived. The good news is that the Administrative Law Judge is not bound by the two earlier claims denials. The judge uses the Five-Step Sequential Evaluation process to decide your claim.
The bad news is that you have only 45 minutes to put on your case. You won’t have much of a chance of winning unless you:
- Know how the Five-Step Sequential Evaluation works,
- Know the strengths and weakness of your claim,
- Have appeared in front of that judge and know what he or she likes or doesn’t like, and
- Know how to cross-examine a medical or vocational rehabilitation expert, who will be testifying,
Without knowing, it’s like throwing yourself on the mercy of the court and hoping that everything you need to win is in your claims file. Not great odds!
Why You Need To Have Nancy L. Cavey Represent You
Your story has to be presented to the judge in the context of why you can’t return to the lightest job you held in the last 15 years, and why there is no job in the mythical national economy you can perform based on your age, education, transferable skills and your physical or psychiatric restrictions and limitations. Why mythical? The judge won’t consider that you can’t find a job or that you couldn’t keep a job even if you found one. That isn’t the test.
There are many ways Ms. Cavey goes about preparing and presenting your story to the judge. These include:
- A complete analysis of your work history and earnings records, so we can present an accurate description of what physical and mental activity your jobs required,
- A complete analysis of your medical records, so we can present an accurate description of those medical conditions,
- Obtaining from your doctors accurate and complete residual functional capacity forms that explain, in detail, your physical and mental restrictions and limitations,
- Obtaining updated medical records,
- Educating you about what we need to prove to the judge and the weaknesses in your case,
- Preparing you for your hearing by giving you an informational packet that answers the common questions about what happens at a hearing, giving you a DVD of a mock Social Security Disability hearing (did you know such hearings are closed to the public?). Ms. Cavey personally meets with you and prepares you for your hearing,
- Attending the hearing with you and asking you the right questions so you can tell your story to the judge,
- Cross-examining any medical doctors or vocational experts the judge calls at your hearing, and
- Preparing and filing a Memorandum of Law for the judge before the hearing, if requested, and explaining to the judge why you meet the necessary legal requirements to be entitled to Social Security disability benefits.
Don’t Go It Alone
This is not the time to do it yourself or to hire an inexperienced attorney. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of monthly income benefits and lifetime medical expenses are at stake.
Make the right decision and increase your chances of winning your Social Security disability claim by calling Social Security Disability attorney Nancy L. Cavey today.
Her initial consultation is free, and you don’t pay her an attorney’s fee unless she wins your case. Her fee is set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and is limited to 25% of your back benefits, to a maximum of $6,000.
You will receive her personal assistance and have the benefit of her 35 years of experience in helping disabled Floridians get the Social Security disability benefits they deserve.