Your Disability Hearing

You have waited a long time for your disability hearing and it is important to make the most of the opportunity. The best way to prepare is to speak with your Social Security Disability (SSD) attorney regarding how the hearing works and how you can be most effective.

Below are brief explanations of important steps in the disability hearing process.

What’s The Hearing For?

The first point your SSD lawyer will emphasize is that the hearing is a de novo review; this means your case is heard anew with no regard to previous determinations. As a practical matter, the judge knows you are appealing a denial, but does not know the basis for it. Although the hearing will be conducted in a less formal manner than a trial, there are similarities:

  • The introduction of evidence: All the medical evidence submitted when you originally applied for disability as well as any new information will be made part of the record.
  • Testimony of witnesses: You and your attorney may have agreed to call witnesses to testify on your behalf. Often, family members, friends or co-workers can provide valuable insight into how your daily life is affected by your medical condition. The judge typically has a vocational expert testify on work you may qualify for and may also have a medical expert testify.
  • Testimony under oath: Most judges will ask you questions directly; even if that does not happen in your case, you have the right to speak and you may want to take advantage of that right. If your testimony is forthright and honest and coincides with the medical evidence, it will go a long way in persuading the judge that you are disabled and deserving of benefits.

Once these proceedings are complete, the judge will render a written opinion determining disability.

When You Have SSD Questions, Contact an Ohio Firm

Although a hearing is different from a trial, it nonetheless requires a skilled lawyer who can guide you through. Call us at the Law Offices of John T. Nicholson at 1-800-596-1533. You can also send us an email by completing our online contact form.

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Beavercreek Office

4461 Dayton Xenia Road
Dayton, OH 45432-1805
(937) 432-9775
Map & Directions

Cincinnati Office

2021 Auburn Ave., Suite 105
Cincinnati, OH 45219
(513) 276-4677
Map & Directions

Columbus Office

1041 Dublin Rd #103
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 384-5800
Map & Directions

Franklin Office

8 Stadia Drive
Franklin, OH 45005
(937) 432-9775
Map & Directions

Kettering Office

5335 Far Hills Ave., Ste. 108
Kettering, OH 45429
(937) 524-5922
Map & Directions

Piqua Office

430 N Wayne St
Piqua, OH 45356
(937) 325-8500
Map & Directions

Springfield Office

150 N Limestone St #217
Springfield, OH 45501
(937) 325-8500
Map & Directions

Trotwood Office

2541 Shiloh Springs Road
Dayton, OH 45426
(937) 524-5922
Map & Directions

Troy Office

22 N Market St
Troy, OH 45373
(937) 524-5922
Map & Directions

West Chester Office

7103 Cincinnati Columbus Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45069
(513) 276-4677
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