What to Do to Prepare For Your SSDI Hearing

What to Do to Prepare For Your SSDI Hearing

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Because of serious backlogs in the SSDI system, it takes an average of 491 days for claims to be reviewed by an administrative law judge (ALJ). Claimants who reach this level, after two previous denials have a good chance of receiving a favorable decision. This article will help you gain clarity about the SSDI hearing process, and offer you tips on how to prepare for the hearing and what to expect. After The Hearing Is Scheduled

Once you receive a hearing date, it's important to determine the location of the hearing office. It sounds like simple advice, but some people do not take the time to learn where and when the hearing will be held until it's too late. Judges are on a tight schedule. If you're even 10 minutes late for your SSDI hearing, the ALJ may reschedule. If possible, even drive to the hearing office at a similar time of day to familiarize yourself with the route and traffic conditions.

It's crucial to be aware of what's in your SSDI file. If you have a representative, this may not be important, but if you do not have representation, the story changes. Without representation, you must be aware of what your case file contains so you can see recorded information about your medical and work history and other information. You must bring updated medical records to the hearing office. Because a hearing may not take place for two or more years after the initial claim, and the SSA stops gathering medical evidence during this time, a claimant may appear…


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