Social Security disability matters can be quite complex and raise a lot of questions. So, our competent attorneys have put together a list of some of those that are most frequently asked to help people wondering what to do next know exactly where to turn!
What Should You Bring To Your Disability Hearing?
If you’re attending a disability hearing, your attorneys have already submitted a detailed file on you containing all relevant medical forms or records detailed your disability, which means you won’t have to bring along any additional paperwork. You will, however, need to show up ready to talk to the judge about yourself, and your inability to maintain gainful employment, from your perspective.
What Happens After Your SSD Hearing Is Over?
Once your Social Security disability hearing is over, you’re free to go home and wait for word on the courts final decision, which will come in the mail approximately two months after your hearing. You will not need to check back with anyone, or complete any more forms; just be patient.
What Should You Expect At Your SSD Hearing?
Unlike what you might see in the movies, Social Security disability hearings are actually rather informal. Rather than claimants facing objecting parties to prove their entitlements, it is an informational meeting that allows a judge to garner more information about your specific case. You will likely be asked a series of basic questions about your lifestyle and condition, and offer insight that will help the judge arrive at their decision.
What Evidence Is Used To Determine Your Disability Benefit Claim?
The best evidence you can offer to prove your claims is that which has come directly from a reputable and objective health care professional – the more definitive the better. CAT scans, MRIs, X-rays, and other hard evidences of your disability will greatly support your case, though there will also be interest in how often/long you’ve been receiving care. If your physician is a specialist, that’s even better!
What Can/Should You Do If Your SSD Claim Is Denied?
If you have an Social Security disability claim that has been denied, your best option is to seek out trained Social Security disability attorneys, like ours at Esper Aiello Law Group, for assistance. We will be able to help you understand how to prepare for an appeal, as well as create a detailed file for the courts that guarantees your greatest chances at success, all at no upfront cost to you.
How Are Attorneys Who Handle SSD Cases Paid?
First and foremost, you should know, our Social Security disability attorneys do not require any fees or costs of any kind be paid for cases which are not successful, which means you will never pay anything upfront for the legal help you need. If, and only if, you’re awarded benefits, payments for attorneys will be directly subtracted from the awarded settlement based on figures enforced by the Social Security Administration itself to protect claimants. You will even sign and submit a form agreeing to the figures before the judge issues a ruling.
How Far Back Can A Disabled Person Claim Retroactive Benefits?
So long as you can prove that you still suffered from your disability at the time, you can apply for backdated benefits as far back as one year from the date of your disability application. This is one of the main reasons seeing a doctor as soon as possible once you’ve been disabled is so important. Medical records and physician testimonies will significantly help support your ability to claim retroactive benefits.
How Long Can You Receive SSD Benefits?
How long a person can receive Social Security disability (SSD) benefits really all depends on how long they remain disabled, but essentially, if a person does not recover, they can receive benefits indefinitely. The two main factors that would affect benefit entitlement are “work activity” and “indication of medical improvement,” which will come up during your periodic reviews. Call us, today, at 313.964.4900 or fill out the form in the sidebar or on our contact page, and learn more about how we can help you.