The Magic Day – You Get a Notice of Hearing | New Port Richey Social Security Disability Lawyer

You have filed your Request for Hearing and you have waited, waited, and waited some more. You may waited for over a year but the mail man has just delivered a letter from Social Security with a Notice of Hearing.

The Notice of Hearing will tell you the date, time, and location of your hearing. Don’t be surprised where the hearings can be held. I have had hearings at the local Marriott hotel where the visiting ALJ was staying and in bank buildings!

You will generally get 30 days notice of the hearing and be asked to send a form back to the local office that confirms you will be attending that hearing.

So, now the big day is approaching what should you do?

First and foremost, if you don’t have an experienced Social Security attorney such as Nancy Cavey or Sharon Barrett, get one immediately. You have a better chance of winning with representation than without.

If you choose to do it yourself (this in not a Home Depot type project) you should immediately get all your medical reports from any medical provider who saw you from the date you filed your initial application until the day you got the Notice of Hearing.

Make two copies. One should be sent to the local office by certified mail immediately. Take the second and put in date order. Then sit down at your kitchen table with a pad of paper. Start reading and taking notes. What did I complain about? What did the doctor say about my ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, and stoop? Probably nothing!

That should be enough to send you to a social security disability attorney who can get from your treating physician information about your physical or emotional abilities. Getting your doctor to say your are disabled is a waste of time and money. That is not what the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is looking for.

Since you have decided that you are Perry Mason, what are you going to do next?

You are going to get ready to testify. OK, are you now ready to admit you need an attorney? You may have talked your way through life before but it is not going to work before the (ALJ). A Social Security attorney will prepare you for the most important day in your Social Security claim.

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