If you are unable to work because of a disability, you understand that this issue can impact multiple areas of your life. Not only do you have to live with certain limitations, but you may also experience financial hardship as well since your physical or mental condition may prevent you from working. If you are in this situation, you may want to pursue disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.
The process of actually obtaining these benefits can be difficult. The SSA holds a strict definition of what counts as a disability, and sometimes initial claims come back denied. This is frustrating but normal, and you have other options available to you. Through the appeals process, you can continue your pursuit of Social Security disability benefits and fight for the financial support you need and deserve.
Will you have to attend a hearing?
After a denied initial claim, you may feel frustrated, but you can move forward by seeking a reconsideration of your claim. This means the SSA will take another closer look at your application, including the documentation and medical evidence you sent. If this does not work, you can request an administrative hearing with a judge.
Once you request this, you will receive a notice about where and when the hearing will take place. These hearings typically do not take long, but you can expect the following if you request an administrative hearing:
- You will have to swear in, as will any witnesses or experts who are speaking.
- The judge will speak about your case and ask questions of you or of witnesses who can testify to your condition.
- The judge may also speak with and question a vocational expert or doctor brought in to speak.
- You can request time to speak on your own behalf about your condition and ability to work.
- You can question witnesses yourself and present additional evidence.
Like other types of legal proceedings, you will find it beneficial to have experienced legal guidance at every step, especially during this type of important hearing.
Help and support
You may have a genuine disability, but it can be frustratingly difficult to actually secure benefits. If you need to file for disability benefits, your claim came back denied or you need to prepare for a hearing, you may want to speak with a Mississippi legal professional about your case before you move forward.