Going to your appeal hearing for Texas Social Security Disability benefits may feel overwhelming and cause anxiety. The process of obtaining SSDI in Texas isn’t easy and working through the system is quite stressful for many people. When you are struggling because you can’t get a job or keep a job because of your condition and even normal daily tasks in life are difficult, being denied Texas SSDI benefits is discouraging.
The important thing for those individuals that are denied SSDI benefits is to not give up and you are not alone. A denial of your initial claim for benefits doesn’t mean that your ability to obtain benefits has come to an end. The overwhelming majority of initial claims are not approved. Most claimants must file an appeal. There are multiple steps to the appeal process and the third step is the hearing. The promising news is that approximately 49% of claimants will be approved at their hearing by the administrative law judge reviewing their case.
What Happens at Your SSDI Hearing?
Your appeal hearing provides you with the opportunity to speak to your condition and describe the limitations and implications it has on your life. An administrative law judge will hear your presentation and review all of the facts surrounding your case. The ALJ will inspect all details and aspects of your case and make their own independent judgment on if you will be approved for benefits or denied. A previous denial of benefits will not impact the ALJ’s final decision.
It is critical that you present your case efficiently and comprehensively so that you obtain the desired outcome of gaining approval. The ultimate decision made by the ALJ is can be unpredictable and even though many people are granted benefits, securing benefits at the hearing is not guaranteed. Working with a Plano SSDI attorney puts you in the best position to get your benefits. Brad Thomas is a Texas SSDI attorney who knows the system and how to skillfully navigate it for claimants so that they are treated fairly and acquire the benefits they are entitled to.
Your in-person hearing will be held at a site that is within 75 miles from your home, from a hearing office, or from a bank or a hotel. If your health condition makes it impossible to travel to the hearing you may be able to do it online. The judge presiding over your hearing is going to explain what issues they see with your case and they will also ask questions to clarify your situation and your condition. Some of the questions you may be asked include:
- Describe your symptoms?
- How long have you been ill or disabled?
- How long can you stay on your feet?
- How long can you sit still?
- Are you strong enough to walk and if so how far can you go?
- Can you bend or kneel?
- Why does your condition make it difficult to work?
Speak with a Texas Social Security Disability Attorney Today
Working with a Texas Social Security Disability attorney from the start can help you avoid the lengthy appeals process. However, if your claim was denied and needs to be appealed, connecting with an SSDI attorney in Texas can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. Schedule your free consultation today with the Brad Thomas Law Office by calling (972) 863-2367.