I was recently asked how long it takes to get a Social Security decision when the judge sends you to a post hearing medical examination (also known as a consultative examination).
In cases where there is no post-hearing consultative examination, I normally estimate it may take 30 to 90 days to get a decision. A post-hearing consultative examination can mean a longer wait to get a hearing decision. Here are my estimates from the day of the hearing: Continue reading An exam AFTER your Social Security hearing – EXPLAINED!
How long you have to wait to get your Social Security disability hearing is one of the most common questions I receive in my Colorado disability law office. Each disability representative has his or her own experience with the wait times. However, you do not have to rely on knowing a disability lawyer to get the Social Security hearing wait times. You can use the same information attorneys use! Continue reading Wait Times for Social Security Disability Hearings
This week, Disability Tips looks at the stages and appeals in Social Security disability cases: application, reconsideration, hearing, appeals council and beyond! We also discuss:
Give it a listen: Continue reading Stages in a Social Security disability case EXPLAINED!
I was recently asked what it meant that the Administrative Law Judge did not have a Vocational Expert (VE) testify at an individual’s Social Security hearing.
What happens when the administrative law judge does not call the vocational expert to the hearing. Why would the judge do that?
Well, I can’t tell you “why” the judge didn’t have VE. Some judges use VEs all the time, others do not. A VE provides evidence (testimony) about steps 4 & 5 of the sequential evaluation process. Continue reading Is a Social Security disability hearing without a Vocational Expert a bad sign?
My friend, Maine disability lawyer, Gordon Gates, has put together a free e-book, 10 Steps To Prepare For Your Social Security Disability Hearing.
In it, you’ll learn:
- How Social Security reviews cases.
- What you can do while waiting for your hearing.
- How to expedite cases.
- The information you will need to have at your hearing.
Check it out! Download a copy here.
It is natural to be nervous when preparing for your Social Security hearing. The judge may ask when you worked certain jobs, the procedures you have undergone, which doctors treated you for your impairments or your medications. There’s a lot of facts to keep track of.
Wouldn’t it help to bring a notebook with this information?
Continue reading Social Security hearing: should I bring notes?
The vocational expert at a Social Security hearing may testify that there is an, “erosion in the job base.” I have had a number of people ask me what this means?
As I wrote about before, the vocational expert’s job is to testify about the availability of different jobs in the national economy. The vocational expert responds to be Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ’s) hypothetical questions about the effect of limitations on an individual’s ability to perform job duties.
In other words, the vocational expert testifies about what jobs (if any) a person can still do despite their limitations.
However, not every job is performed the same way, and, jobs can be performed differently (with different abilities and limitations) in different industries. Continue reading Social Security disability hearings: erosion in the job base
Disability cases based on seizure disorders are a very special kind of disability case.
If your case goes in front of an Administrative Law Judge, you can expect to be asked these questions:
- How often do you have seizures?
- What happens during a seizure?
- How do you feel after a seizure?
- What do you have to do after a seizure (lie down, sleep etc)? And for how long?
- Are you treating with a doctor?
- Are you taking your medications as prescribed? How long have you been taking your medications?
While seizure disorders (epilepsy, partial complex seizures, etc.) are often disabling, simply having a seizure disorder is not enough to be found disabled. In many cases, medications control the frequency or severity of seizures.
Of course, in many cases, they do not.
But, to improve your chances of winning your case, you have to be ready to talk about your seizures, how often they happen and how they effect you.
Want to know the #1 reason people don’t win their Social Security hearings? It’s so SIMPLE and EASILY FIXED but I see it every day!
You already know that the wait time to get a Social Security disability hearing can easily be more than a year. And, this is on top of the original four to six months you waited to get the initial Social Security disability decision. So, people wait and wait, and get more and frustrated. And then, FINALLY, the hearing date comes!
They’re nervous, and hopeful, and scared and READY to be approved. And they go in front of the judge never having gotten a representative that could fill them in on this tiny piece of information that can make the difference between winning and losing.
And they get denied.
Do you want to know why? Do you want to know the piddly little that gets in the way of the vast number of disability cases being approved?
Continue reading Why most people LOSE their Social Security disability case
Even though it often takes a year or even two years to get your Social Security hearing, you may find that you are not ready when the big day finally comes.
Is there any way to continue, postpone, or delay my Social Security hearing?
Yes. You can request a continuance to postpone your hearing.
Lets look at how to do this:
Continue reading How to postpone a Social Security hearing?