As we mentioned, there are four steps to filing an appeal regarding the Social Security’s decision about your eligibility for benefits or to question the amount they have awarded you. After going through a reconsideration, you have the right to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  It is always a good idea to have a knowledgeable social security disability lawyer to guide you. Bowman Law Offices can help you decide whether your case is worth appealing, and, if so, request a hearing on your behalf.

Attending A Social Securing Disability Hearing In Nashville, Tennessee

There are time requirements involved in the request for a hearing with the ALJ that any experienced social security disability lawyer will know. Your request must be filed within 60 days of receiving your notice of denial, a date assumed to be 5 days after the notice was mailed to you.

The ALJ hearing will usually take place in ALJ Judge’s Hearing Office. Generally, there is an office less than 75 miles from your home, but video teleconferences are also available. Luckily, there is an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Nashville, Tennessee which has 12 ALJs. Unfortunately, there’s currently a 15 month waiting period, but that is technically less than the national average. 

If you are unable to travel to the Hearing Office due to ill health or disability, you may be required to present a doctor’s note. You will receive notice of the date and time of your hearing at least 20 days before it is scheduled and you should make it a point to attend your hearing. Once scheduled, a hearing can only be postponed with a serious excuse; if you simply don’t appear your case will likely be dismissed, meaning your benefits will be denied. Besides, rescheduling will only add unwanted delays.

You may be reimbursed for travel expenses you incur in order to attend the hearing for; sometimes your accompanying representative and/or witness(es) may also be reimbursed. Typically, such expenses are repaid when you submit receipts after the hearing has taken place, but money may be advanced to you if you can prove that you would not be able to pay for the trip without such financial assistance.

In order to expedite your hearing, make sure you have engaged the services of your social security disability attorney before you schedule your hearing so that the lawyer has time to review your case and prepare properly to increase the likelihood of being reconsidered. To have the highly knowledgeable disability hearing attorney Jonathan Bowman review your case, please request a consultation, especially those situated in Nashville, Lebanon or Wilson County.