The SSA will often deny first-time applications for benefits for numerous reasons. In fact, in 2018 alone, over half of the applications received got a rejection.
Fortunately, if your case ended up rejected, you can file a request for reconsideration along with supplementing additional documents. You can even have an administrative hearing before a law judge in a more extreme situation.
Preparation for a hearing
SSA discusses potential outcomes for applications regarding disability benefits. Of course, as mentioned, it is not unlikely for a first-time application to face denial for various reasons.
In that case, you can have a formal hearing. The SSA and even the ALJ may both have their own attorneys. Medical and vocational witnesses may also be there. A typical hearing will often last an hour, sometimes less.
A good attorney will help you prepare in advance by giving a rundown of the types of questions you may face during your testimony. They will ask about work impairments, work history and disability history. Other attorneys may also have questions.
Witnesses and interview questions
Vocational and medical professionals often provide their opinions and expertise in situations where the ALJ needs additional information to decide what ruling to give. They can help fill in the gaps. Your attorney can also ask them questions to follow up.
An ALJ will often render their decision within 60 days of the hearing. A letter notifies you of the case’s outcome, with benefits coming within days of receiving an acceptance. Additional appellate options exist in the event that you receive another rejection even from this hearing, so do not give up just yet.