There is nothing more stressful than waiting for your Social Security disability hearing. Assuming claim is out of Maine or Massachusetts, you have likely been waiting for the better part of 2 years to get in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) having been denied twice at the initial and reconsideration levels. Assuming your case is out of New Hampshire, you are only slightly more fortunate as you bypass a reconsideration process which carries with it a very high denial rate: and so you’ve also been waiting for what has likely been a year and a half following your initial denial.
One of the most common questions we hear leading up to our clients’ hearings is what can I do to to prepare? The first thing we will tell you that is that being nervous is normal and healthy. We would worry more if our clients weren’t worried. Obviously, you’ve been sitting at home, unable to go to work and your family’s financial resources having dwindled.
For many of our clients, their significant other/spouse is gone working during the day (many times working 2 jobs) just to make ends meet. The only thing you have to do while at home is sit and think what the future holds. Given this, it’s important to understand that there are things you can do to feel more confident going into the hearing. Continue reading