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What You Should Expect At Your SSD Hearing

Social Security Disability Insurance hearings can be stressful. Because many people file claims for SSDI benefits every year, you must often wait months, or even years, to obtain a hearing. Once at the hearing, you have a brief window (usually 20 minutes or so) to state your case and present evidence as to why you qualify for SSDI benefits.

At The Law Offices of Arnold S. Levine, L.P.A., we have represented countless claimants in our over 40 years as a leading Cincinnati SSDI law firm. Our lawyers have successfully helped numerous people suffering from disabilities obtain the benefits they need to make ends meet.

Clients often ask us about the appeals hearing. Because we pride ourselves on educating our clients, below we have provided information about common questions we receive about an SSDI appeals hearing.

In addition, you are welcome to contact us about your denied disability claim and to learn how our knowledgeable attorneys can help you appeal. We offer free consultations and do not accept a fee unless we obtain you benefits.

What You Should Expect At Your SSD Hearing

  • The hearing will not be in a courtroom or before a jury. Most hearings take place in person, in a Social Security hearings office. However, some do take place over video, particularly if your disability prevents you from traveling. An administrative law judge will oversee the hearing and make the decision about your benefits.
  • The administrative law judge may ask questions. Answer honestly. We will work with you prior to the hearing to establish your disability and get supporting documentation. All you need to do is answer questions as directly and honestly as you can. Keep in mind that the judge is not trying to prove anything he or she is just looking for information.
  • There may be a “vocational expert” or other expert witnesses. A vocational (work) expert may testify as to whether you can work in any capacity. In some cases, you may benefit from having your own witnesses. We will present evidence at the hearing on your behalf and advise you of your best options for presenting your case, including whether an expert witness is required.
  • You will not receive a decision right away: It usually takes a couple of weeks before you receive notice of a decision. It will take longer to actually start receiving benefits.

To set up your free initial consultation, contact our office at 513-823-3257 or fill out our brief intake form. We represent clients throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.