How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Hearing

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Feb 1, 2016 Roughly one-third of applications for Social Security disability benefits are ultimately approved. How to make sure yours is among them.

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How many questions can you expect to ask, and how should you answer the Judge’s questions at a disability hearing.  Sometimes the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may not ask a claimant any questions, however, other times a Judge may ask you several questions.  Most disability appeal court hearings normally last under an hour and some can be very short as 15 minutes, so you can count on having no questions to answer for an extended time period.

The outlook of answering an Administrative Law Judge’s questions at a disability appeal hearing can be difficult even though you prepared well for it, get ready for the unexpected. There are important guidelines you can follow that will make the process smoother and increase you chance of getting approved for your Social Security Disability Claim.

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This is hard to believe but one of the most common mistakes a disability claimant makes during the hearing, especially when failing to answer the question asked by the Administrative Law Judge.  Try to avoid this by paying attention to what the Judge is asking you a specifically question then answers them in a sentence of two.  During the SSD appeal court hearing, it will be very helpful to take notes just in case you have to ask the Judge to restate or explain the question for you.

Don’t Ramble or Go Off the Subject when Answering a Question

The hearing process is a nerve-wracking experience for most claimants.  Many of us are under pressure and too prone to ramble on, it is important to prepare to provide a brief answer to the Administrative Law Judge’s questions.  This usually happens when Claimant answers questions with long-winded explanations that do not answer questions from Administrative Law Judge’s question, it may cause the Judge to stop listening and probably miss important information statements you made which will make him or her may become interrupted and irritated with you.

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Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income Appeal Average Wait Time Until Hearing Held Report (For The Month of June 2016)

Average Wait Time Until Hearing Held Report (For the Month of June 2016) A presentation of the average time (in months) from the hearing request date until a hearing was held for cases closed in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review's hearing offices or national hearing centers. This allows users to estimate the amount of time they may have to wait for a hearing to be held.

Average Appeal Case Wait Time Until Hearing Held Report (For the Month of June 2016)
A presentation of the average time (in months) from the hearing request date until a hearing was held for cases closed in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review’s hearing offices or national hearing centers. This allows users to estimate the amount of time they may have to wait for a hearing to be held.

NOTE:  The average times shown are true only for cases closed in the month each report covers where hearings were held. These times are not cumulative for the stated fiscal year.

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Social Security Disability Work Credits Requirements

Social Security Disability, SSI & SSDI Application Process
The first step in the Social Security application process is determining whether you are eligible to apply for SSDI or SSI benefits based on the qualification criteria …

Social Security Disability Work Credits Requirements

Which one should I file for Social Security Disability or SSI? You must have enough working credits for SSDI. You may be eligible for Concurrent SSDI and SSI Benefits. Not enough work credits the file SSI Claim

 

Age Disabled Credits Needed Years of Work
Under 24 6 1.5
24-30 8-18 2-4.5
31-42 20 5
44 22 5.5
46 24 6
48 26 6.6
50 28 7
52 30 7.5
54 32 8
56 34 8.5
58 36 9
60 38 9.5
62+ 40 10

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Social Security Disability Advocate Part 2

However, your Social Security Disability Advocate can help you file a Request for Reconsideration. He or she can represent you at your appeal hearing before an Administration Law Judge if they have the experience to do so.

However, your Social Security Disability Advocate can help you file a Request for Reconsideration.  He or she can represent you at your appeal hearing before an Administration Law Judge if they have the experience to do so.  Be sure to ask the Social Security Disability Advocate will they represent you in court first.  If your Social Security Disability Income appeal case is denied then your Disability Advocate can represent you before the Appeal Council Review if necessary or help with your case before a Federal Court hearing.

When you request the Appeal Council to review the Administrative Law Judge decision, they will decide if it is necessary to review your case or not to review your case.  It is good to get new relevant medical documents to submit to the Appeal Council Review.

A Disability Advocate may be a Social Security Disability lawyer or simply a professional who helps people with their disability initial claims and appeal case.  However, if your Disability Advocate is an attorney, then he or she may represent you in your Federal Court proceedings.

There are no laws requiring you to utilize a Disability Advocate during the appeal process, but you will find it to your advantage.  By having a Disability Advocate will increase your chances of having your claim accepted on time when you have a competent representation.

Please keep this in mind a Disability Advocate will not charge any out of pocket money.  The Disability Advocate is paid 25% or $6,000 maximum of any Social Security Disability back pay which is issued before you get your back pay money.  So do the math a self-help digital eBook will cost $19.99 and up which is probably better because you can fight your own Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income initial claim or appeal case.  Also, purchasing a Social Security Disability self-help eBook will save you money in the long run too.

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Social Security Payment Schedule 2017

Social Security Payment Schedule 2017

Social Security Disability, Social Security Retirement, and Supplemental Security Income 2017 payment schedule.  Benefits will be paid on your Birth date the Second Wednesday 1st – 10th, Third Wednesday 11th – 20th.

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Should I file a new Social Security Disability Claim, instead of appealing a Denial with the Appeal Council? Part 2

The Appeal Council examine all requests for review, however, they can deny a request if the hearing decision was correct. Whenever the Appeal Council make a decision to review your case, and determine your case will be return to an Administrative Law Judge (AlJ) for further review.

If you go beyond your time limit for filing an appeal and cannot get an extension granted.  If this happens then consult with a Social Security Disability Attorney to find out the bests course of action.

However, if your Social Security Disability claim has been denied, then call a Social Security Disability Attorney.  They may figure out what piece of information the Social Security Administration may need in order to review your claim and approve it.  Communicate directly with your physician or other medical professionals, to make sure the SSA forms are filled out to addresses the questions and relevant information about r impairments before your claim can get approved.

Having a Social Security Disability self-help eBook or an attorney can really improve your chances of success at every level of the Social Security Disability claims and appeal process.  It is very important to have an attorney at your hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, having an attorney can save you from having to go through the appeal process in the first place.

When your disability claim has been denied for any reason, does not mean you do not have a legitimate claim or you cannot win your SSDI case.

The best chance you have to work through the appeal process is submitting any new medical evidence you can get that will help Social Security Disability Attorney.  Fighting for your Social Security Disability for several months or even years is worth the back pay when your claim is approved when going through the appeals process.  Do give up.

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Should I file a new Social Security Disability Claim (SSDI), instead of appealing a Denial with the Appeal Council Review? Part 1

The Appeal Council examine all requests for review, however, they can deny a request if the hearing decision was correct.

It is unbelievable and frustrating when you receive the notice that your Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) appeal case has been denied.  Unfortunately, about 70% of the SSDI and SSI claims are denied.  The reason why so many people disability claims are denied is because of not enough substantial medical records, test results.  One of the biggest mistakes made by an applicant is filing a Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is especially when those who do not know the Social Security Administration process and they just file a new claim instead of appealing the denial from the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

There are a lot of reasons why you should not file a new disability claim under most situations.  By filing a new disability claim will not protect your filing date when you first applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Meaning you will not receive any back pay that accrued when you submit a new disability claim.

The protective filing date is used to calculate the amount of your back pay due to you when your claim is approved.  After you get approved, you will be paid all of your back pay money and start receiving benefits on your protective claim filing date.  It is a bad idea to start a new claim because it will start the process over again, which means you can miss out on thousands of dollars’ worth of benefits due to adjusting the protective filing date.  Therefore, it is very important to request an Appeal Council Review for the Administrative Law Judge denial decision.

One of the reasons why people file a new claim is because they did not have new medical evidence for the disability Initial Claim, Appeal Case, and Appeal Council Review.  Therefore, it is not necessary to file a new disability claim due to having new medical evidence to be reviewed.  However, it is not worth your while to request an Appeal Council Review if you do not have recent new medical substantial evidence.  When requesting an Appeal Council Review it will allow you to gather more substantial medical evidence to present to the Social Security Administration to determine if you qualify for disability benefits.

To sum it up, you do not gain anything by filing a completely Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income new claim because you will lose a lot of money.

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Veteran Health Records Now Available without Delay for Social Security Benefits

Our Mission: Deliver Social Security services that meet the changing needs of Veterans.

 

The Social Security Administration is always finding new ways to provide world-class service to veteransSocial Security Administration now can receive Veterans and eligible family member’s medical records electronically from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by using a Health Information Technology (Health IT) for their Social Security Disability Benefits.

However, SSA receives request close to 15 million medical records from healthcare organizations to make a decision on about three million Social Security disability benefits claims annually.  Which brings Health IT up to speed and power of electronic medical records to the Social Security Disability Benefits determination process.  By obtaining medical records through Health IT SSA can receive medical records in minutes.

The Social Security Administration have added the Veteran Administration to the Department of Defense to more than 50 other Health IT partners, which makes about 7,000 facilities across the United States that provide the SSA with electronic health records.  After the Social Security Administration received medical records electronically, then they speed up claims processing time and reducing manual efforts.  However, Health IT has obtained records for hundreds of thousands of disability claims.

The Social Security Administration goal is to continuously expand the number of healthcare organization and federal agencies to provide electronic health records to the SSA within a safe and secure environment in order to meet the needs to their customers.

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Congressional Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham Escorted from Albuquerque’s Social Security Office: Part 2

 

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They asked Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham to leave the Albuquerque’s Social Security Office building.  After a few more minutes the officers booted Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham from the building by escorting her and the 90-year-old woman out and then held a conversation with her.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham said it was done purposefully and deliberately.

However, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham spent her last day trying to get a reason why they treated her and the 90-year-old woman in that manner from the Federal Protective Services, A division of the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration, with no luck of getting an explanation.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham took action on Twitter after the incident occurred and started to blast the departments she contacted for an explanation of the treatment they received.

Just think if they treated Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham in that manner, imagine how they treat every single beneficiary that comes into the Albuquerque’s Social Security Office.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham vowed that the fight is not over yet because she is going to file formal complaints against the Albuquerque’s Social Security Office and would like a full investigation and explanation of the incident occurred from the Office of the Inspector General completed ASAP.

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