Administrative Law Judge Hearings
If your SSDI or SSI application has been denied, you have 60 days from the date of denial to request a reconsideration. If your claim is denied after reconsideration, you have 60 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).
The ALJ hearing is critical because it is at this stage of the case that you will be before a judge for the first time. The evidence before the judge consists of both medical records and testimony. The hearing is non-adversarial, meaning that there will be no opposing attorney who will subject you to cross-examination or make arguments in opposition to your claim. The judge will, however, ask you questions about your physical and/or mental disabilities to determine if you are able to work.
In addition to the medical records and your testimony, a vocational expert will likely offer testimony at your hearing. The vocational expert will testify about jobs you may be able to perform based on your age, education, impairments and work history. While the vocational expert is not an adversarial party, your attorney may need to skillfully question the vocational expert to challenge any testimony that may be harmful to your claim. In some cases, a doctor, psychologist or other medical professional may offer testimony as well.
The Importance of Experienced and Skilled Counsel
At Bohm Kalish, APC, we have represented thousands of clients in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. Given our vast experience, we know how to provide the knowledgeable guidance and effective representation required in such cases.
To help improve your chances for success, we will take time to help you understand what you must prove to establish that you have a qualifying disability. We will help gather medical documents for your hearing and we will also have one of our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys attend your hearing and advocate on your behalf. We have a strong record of results in SSDI and SSI appeals. You can rely on us for the experienced and skilled representation you require.
Contact Our Orange County Social Security Disability Appeals Lawyers
We serve clients in California and throughout the nation. We charge no fees in Social Security Disability cases unless we recover benefits for you. To schedule your free consultation, call 866-712-8289 or contact us by e-mail. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment evenings and weekends.