Social Security Disability Hearing Can Be Long Lasting!


The social security disability benefit program is one of the largest assistance plans offered by the Federal government. The ‘disabled’ individual can file in the claim for social security benefit by personally approaching a social security office and requesting for the appropriate form. Alternatively, they can also contact through phone or email.

It is a crude fact that majority of the claims applied for social security disability benefit are denied on the first attempt. It is, therefore, advised to file a request for reconsideration soon after one receives the first intimation of denial. The request for social security disability hearing is the next step that one should opt for.

Here again, it is advised to hire an attorney as they have a better understanding of all the procedures to be followed, to successfully obtain the claim. The hearing on social security disability claim can take anything from a few months to many years.

For a hearing, the request is submitted again to the social security office. It is then forwarded along with the applicant's file to the appropriate Office of Hearings and Appeals or Administrative Law Judge who decides the date of hearing.

When the case of a social security disability claim comes up for a hearing, the proceedings are quite informal. They comprise of the judge, the claimant and his attorney and a secretary capturing the proceedings in a tape recorder. Any person accompanying the claimant is also allowed in the hearing. Sometimes a medical doctor or vocational expert is present to testify at the hearing claim.

Generally, the social security disability hearings may be going on for months. However, there are some certain ways to potentially fasten the scheduled hearings. To speed up the things, one can opt for detailed Dire Need letter, where the social security disability applicant makes clear the sternness of their financial circumstances. Another way out is the on-the-record review. It is a simple request by the claimant or the claimant's representative to the hearing office to review the claimant's file or put in an earlier date to the hearing.