If you need to present your Social Security disability case to an administrative law judge, our ALJ hearing lawyer can provide you with support and tips on how to proceed. We will review your case and determine the best approach in order to help you win disability.
The Importance of Preparation for a Disability Hearing
Your Charlotte Social Security disability attorney will look through your records and file in order to clarify what else the Social Security Administration is requesting. The SSA might be asking for medical information, hospital records, doctors’ reports, and related information. Once your ALJ hearing lawyer gathers the information, he or she will contact you to discuss any needed updates. You will meet to review your testimony so that you can make a clear presentation to the judge. Your attorney might also want to discuss your case with any witnesses who plan to testify.
Your Role in Preparing for Your Hearing
You can give a list of possible witnesses to your Charlotte Social Security disability attorney. These might be people who know you well, often a spouse, relative, or close friends. However, the judge might think that these individuals are biased and might not take their testimony seriously. One option is to look for other witnesses who know your plight but who have a less personal relationship with you. A judge will likely believe that the following types of witnesses are less biased:
- Religious leaders
- Vocational rehabilitation counselors
- Co-workers or
- Social workers
If you know of someone who could testify on your behalf, advise your ALJ hearing lawyer once you are notified of your court date.
Obtaining Letters from Your Family and Friends
While you will not want everyone to testify on your behalf and will select only the best candidates to speak at your ALJ hearing, you can still ask as many people as possible to provide you with letters. Your attorney can prepare an informational memo to send out to your loved ones to help them draft a letter for the hearing.