How to Prepare for Your Social Security Disability Hearing

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You may feel like you need to request a social security disability hearing if the social security administration decides that you no longer meet the requirements or that you are earning too much money. You can appeal their decision and request a hearing. However, actually preparing for your Social Security disability hearing may seem like a daunting task. It can be scary, but you want to stand firm in believing you need to get what you deserve. Most people are unsure of what to expect in a hearing, so understanding that you have a right to representation is important. Including an attorney to help you along the way may be a very good idea.

In order to help your attorney, gather all of the necessary documents. The most important task may be to make sure of is that all of your medical records are up to date and in your possession. It may be helpful to take a look at your case file and see where the Social Security Administration’s records leave off, and request your medical records from your doctor to fill in any gaps. Remember, when you get your Notice of Hearing, request your updated medical records immediately from all of your health care providers. It’ll allow you plenty of time to be prepared for your upcoming hearing.

It also helps for the SSA to hear from your doctor about your condition. It could be helpful to ask your doctor for a Medicare source statement, which is a letter that goes into detail about what work activities you should refrain from for your health, or an RFC form. RFC is short for Residual Functional Capacity forms, and it’s a lengthy document your doctor fills out detailing your disability. These document will really help in court. But make sure to leave time for your doctor to complete it, because it can take some time.

Most importantly, stay calm during this tough time. Franco Law Firm will be here to help you.  For more information about social security disability or to schedule a free consultation, please call us at (813) 872-0929.   

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