Many applicants for social security disability benefits are denied their claim after the first attempt. This may be due to one of many reasons, such as insufficient evidence of a disability or an errant finding by the SSA agent. Applicants are then free to file a reconsideration of their claim which is essentially an identical process to the initial application for benefits. If you have already filed a reconsideration and received a denial, you have 30 days within which to file for a hearing with the ODAR, a sub-set of the Social Security Administration (SSA) tasked with conducting hearings to further examine a disability claim. Many people facing a hearing enlist the services of a Rancho Cucamonga disability attorney to help them through the process.
At your hearing, you may experience testimony submitted by a medical expert. In a case involving complex medical issues, an administrative law judge may need additional information about a medical condition, injury or illness in order to make a fully-informed decision about your case. This will come in the form of expert medical testimony. A list of available medical experts is maintained by the SSA and the judge may refer to the list and call a medical expert witness with significant experience or knowledge about your unique issue. This person will not testify “for” or “against” you, but will offer neutral, scientific information about your complex medical issue. Your Rancho Cucamonga disability attorney will be present at the hearing as well and is free to ask questions of the medical expert as is appropriate.
If you are considering filing an appeal of your reconsideration denial and would like to work with a Rancho Cucamonga disability attorney, contact our offices today. We look forward to hearing from you.