You have been denied Massachusetts disability benefits and your frustration is understandable. Why you? How are you going to keep on paying the bills and keep going? The answer lies in the SSA disability hearing process.
There are some important things to know when you decide to appeal your denial and request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). By following our advice, you can stay on track for a smooth hearing experience and hopefully get the results you need.
- You should hire a representative. With the help of a Massachusetts disability attorney, you can help at the hearing, and get the benefits you so desperately need.
- Don’t wait too long to get a lawyer. If you wait until the hearing is near, your representative will not have the time he or she needs to fully study your file, collect additional information and prepare your case.
- Don’t cancel and reschedule your hearing unless absolutely necessary. Doing so will slow the entire process, adding months to the time you must wait.
- Get updated medical evidence submitted early. Waiting to submit additional medical information may slow the process, or decrease your chance of winning.
- You can get hearing travel costs covered. If you have to travel more than 75 miles to the hearing, the SSA may pay for your expenses and those of your representative. Submit a written request at the time of or shortly after the hearing. If you need costs covered before the hearing, be sure you inform the ALJ as soon as possible.
Hopefully your hearing will be successful and you will receive the disability benefits you need. Following our guidelines is the first step, beginning with finding a good legal representative. See the Social Security Administration's website for more information on the hearing process.
The disability lawyers at Keefe Disability Law in Massachusetts can smooth the process of fighting a denial by offering you a strong, experienced team. Call us today toll free at 888-904-6847 to schedule a free consultation. And be sure to learn more by ordering our free report, “Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability,” on this website.