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Illinois Social Security Disability Claims Lawyer

Cook County Attorney Providing Representation in Social Security Disability Hearings

Once you receive a reconsideration denial letter, if you disagree with the decision you will have 60 days to file a Request for Hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. After potentially applying and appealing numerous times, this is the last step before your case can be heard and argued before a judge. The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) will typically send you a letter 20 days before the court date notifying you of the location, time, and judge at the hearing. As long as it is an in person hearing, the judge will typically hold the hearing within 75 miles of your home. Sometimes judges are in a different location and hold a video conference hearing.

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What Is It Like To Go To A Disability Hearing?

The disability hearing is typically the most stressful part of the disability process. A lot is at stake and it is the claimant’s day in court after waiting sometimes for years. The disability hearing, however, is nothing like any of the court t.v. shows like Law and Order. It is a very laid-back, informal process. Click here for more information about what it is like to go to a hearing office.

At the hearing is a court recorder, your disability lawyer if you have one, and an Administrative Law Judge who conducts the hearing. Every judge has his or her own style of conducting the hearing. Some judges ask numerous questions and rarely provide comments, while others expect you or your disability attorney to do most of the talking. Sometimes a Vocational Expert attends the hearing to give testimony regarding what jobs you can do based on specific limitations the judge gives to a hypothetical person with your age, education, and work history. A judge can also choose to have a medical expert attend the hearing. The medical expert will be asked to provide testimony whether after reviewing the record you meet or equal a listing at step 3 of the 5-step evaluation process. A judge may also ask the medical expert what functional limitations you have based on the medical evidence of record. Sometimes your Social Security disability lawyer may call for a lay witness to testify at the hearing.

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An Illinois Security Disability Lawyer Can Significantly Improve Your Chances Of Winning

A proven Social Security disability lawyer can significantly improve your chances of getting your claim approved. At Pearson Disability Law, LLC, we do not collect a dime unless we win your case. We write pre-hearing briefs for all of our clients. While not required by the Social Security Administration, we feel that submitting a pre-hearing brief does justice for our clients by giving the judge a clear picture of what the case is about and what key points will be discussed throughout the hearing.

We are experienced in cross-examining experts at the hearing, whether medical or vocational. With years of experience and having handled numerous disability hearings for all kinds of physical and mental conditions, let us fight for the disability benefits that you deserve. Feel free to fill out our no obligation, free consultation form.

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