What happens at the hearing?

South Dakota Disability Hearing

An experienced attorney can help you to prepare for and be successful at a disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) in the process to obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The ALJ hearing is important in the determination as to whether you are in fact totally disabled and as to the extent of your disability.

What Happens at Your ALJ Hearing

At your hearing, the administrative law judge will already be familiar with the evidence in your file and will interview you to determine whether you are totally disabled and to determine the extent of your disability. The questions the Judge asks will pertain to your work background, education background, a typical day's activities, hobbies, medication, how your life has changed since your disability, the kind of pain you experience and the resulting limitations you face. You will also be asked about any changes in your behavior that friends and family have been reporting to you.

Prepare for ALJ and Win Your Disability Benefits

The preparation for the hearing is extremely important because you need to know exactly the kinds of questions the administrative law judge will ask and what he or she will be reviewing and evaluating. At the Helsper, McCarty, Mahlke, and Kleinjan Law Firm, we find that the highest success comes from the greatest preparation. We will prepare you and attend those hearings with you.

If your disability claim was denied on reconsideration, we can request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Contact Helsper, McCarty, Mahlke, and Kleinjan Law Firm in South Dakota today.

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