A Social Security Disability claimant who’s application is denied is required to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) within 60 days of the denial. The ALJ will look over the whole claim. The claimant has the right to include any new medical evidence that was either not included in the application or new treatment evidence.
At the hearing the ALJ will take testimony from vocational expert or VE. VE testimony is about your ability to work at a substantial gainful activity (SGA) level as it relates to your ailments or impairments, your residual functional capacity, and the employment opportunities of the national economy.
The ALJ uses the hearing to evaluate your credibility by looking at your testimony, appearance, and symptoms. You have the right to be represented by a Missouri disability rights attorney at the hearing and your chances increase greatly by having a disability lawyer represent them. Be aware that many national disability companies do not use lawyers, but only representatives. Be aware with many mega firms, even local ones, you will not meet your lawyer until minutes before the hearing.
People may be worried that they do not have the money to pay for a Springfield Missouri or Osage Beach disability attorney, but we only handle Social Security cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, there is no fee unless we are successful in getting you the benefits that you deserve. If you would like to speak to Jason Krebs and his staff simply call (417) 883-5886 for your free case evaluation or to discuss your appeal today! Do not delay as you only have 60 days to file your appeal in Missouri.
The process is different if you live in Kansas, Arkansas or Oklahoma and you must file for a reconsideration within 60 days of your denial.
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