Getting a Lawyer – Preparing for a Social Security Hearing | Indian Rocks Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer

The very first thing that should be done is to look at your Social Security file to see what is in your file. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will send your lawyer a CD with a copy of your file.

Some lawyers will do a cursory review of the file but we believe the file should be reviewed cover to cover! Why? We want to learn what happened at the initial and reconsideration level, what evidence was in your file, and the reason for the denial.

We then formulate a strategy for the file handling. Since SSA’s file development stops at the Request for Reconsideration, the medical in your file is out of date by the time a hearing is scheduled. Remember it can take 18 to 24 months to get a hearing and a lot can happen medically in your case.

We obtain a complete copy of your medical records to show when your disability started, how it progressed and how your disability continues to impact your employability. It is important that you keep your lawyer updated on your medical treatment.

We also contact your treating physician to have them complete the appropriate residual functional capacity form. (RFC)

We also prepare a brief summarizing your case and pointing out what evidence supports each of the 5 hurdles. We make sure the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has all your medical records and a strong argument for awarding you the social security disability benefits you deserve.

Before your hire a lawyer, make sure you understand what will be done to prepare your case for your Social Security hearing. Without a doubt it would be in your best interest to hire an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer such as Nancy Cavey or Sharon Barrett to review your file and help you with your case.

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