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Preparing for an SSDI Appeal Hearing

 Posted on June 21, 2022 in Social Security Disability

TX disability lawyerApplying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits does not automatically guarantee automatic approval. If fact, more than 50 percent of all claims are initially denied, leading many people to wonder what their next steps are. If you have been denied SSDI benefits, you should contact a qualified Social Security attorney before you do anything else. Your attorney can help you manage the appeals process, including a potential hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with the Social Security Administration. As you prepare for your hearing, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First Impression

Although you are not required to retain legal counsel, it is almost certainly in your best interest to have an attorney by your side. From a practical standpoint, plan on arriving early. First impressions absolutely matter, and by appearing polished and ready, you can show the ALJ that the case is important to you. In addition, your manner of dress should be conservative, so avoid suggestive or informal attire.

Mindful Manners

Remember that you are appearing before a judge, and it is important to be respectful and polite. When addressing the ALJ, the use of “Your Honor” is expected. Also, be ready to stand when the ALJ enters the room, as this indicates a sign of respect.

Remain Positive

Although you may have conflicting emotions about having to “fight” for your SSDI benefits, keep your emotions in check. Avoid appearing the least bit confrontational. Stick to the facts of your case, and refrain from emotional responses. Keep in mind that the ALJ appointed to your case was not responsible for the initial denial of your SSDI claim.

Polished Professionalism

Although your SSDI attorney will accompany you to the appeal hearing, the ALJ is likely to ask you questions directly. When answering, remain confident in your answers and avoid becoming overly emotional. Provide full responses and stay on topic. Your attorney lawyer can help you prepare in advance for the questions that the ALJ is likely to ask.

Personal Privacy

Keep in mind that the details of your personal life may be considered important to the case. As embarrassing as this may be, remember that the ALJ has heard countess SSDI cases. The goal of the ALJ is to understand the complexities of your situation as they relate to your SSDI eligibility. Even if the questions feel too personal, answer them with confidence and professionalism.

Contact a Dallas Social Security Disability Appeals Attorney

If you have been recently denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and reside in the greater Dallas area, the Texas SSDI appeals lawyers at The Law Offices of Coats & Todd are here to help you navigate the appeals process. Call 972-671-9922 to discuss your case in a free case evaluation with a member of our team today.



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