Do you or someone you know need Social Security Disability? If you have a disability preventing you from working, paying the bills can be tough! They can start to stack up and it’s difficult to support a family that way. That’s where Social Security Disability can come in nicely. Remember, disabilities are not always physical. If you would like to learn more about how to apply for Social Security Disability, call our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Deputy and Mizell can be reached at 573-346-9990. In the meantime, keep reading this week’s blog to learn what a Social Security Disability hearing is really like.
What’s A Social Security Disability Hearing Really Like?
Claimants are often nervous before the disability hearing simply because they do not know what to expect. When you appeal your case, you can request an in-person hearing or a Virtual Teleconference Hearing.
If you choose a Virtual Teleconference Hearing, your hearing could be at a local Social Security Administration Office. In this part of the state, these types of hearings take place at the Social Security Administration offices in Jefferson City, Lebanon, and Sedalia
If you choose an in-person hearing, it will be held at an Office of Adjudication and Review (ODAR). In this part of the state, in-person hearings are held at the ODAR location in Springfield and Columbia.
If you have an in-person hearing, it will take place in a courtroom that is much smaller than a courtroom you would see at a county courthouse. There will be an administrative law judge, a court reporter, and a vocational expert in the courtroom. The court reporter will swear you and the vocational expert in, and the hearing will begin. The administrative law judge will have already reviewed your file with all of your medical records and will ask you questions about your past work, your physical and mental limitations, your daily activities, and your social life.
After you are done testifying, the administrative law judge will then ask the vocational expert hypothetical questions about what jobs a person with your disabilities could perform. You will then have a chance to cross-examine or ask the vocational expert follow-up questions.
The Administrative Law Judge will not make a ruling at the end of the hearing. It typically takes three to six months to receive the final decision.
Want To Know More?
If you’re interested in gaining Social Security Disability, ask the professionals. Our Social Security Disability lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks have helped several people apply for and win their cases. If you have a question about the process, don’t be afraid to ask. Call today to schedule a consultation, we can be reached at the Camdenton number listed below. Your first consultation is free! Remember, by utilizing America’s safety net, Social Security, you may be able to receive monthly cash benefits during your time of need.
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