Before your Social Security disability hearing, your Ocala disability attorney will help you prepare by letting you know what to expect and how to answer questions in a way that gives the administrative law judge the information he or she needs to approve your benefits. Below are some practical tips for the day of the hearing.
As this is an informal hearing and the Social Security Administration wants you to be comfortable, you do not need to dress up too much for it. Leave your cell phone in your car or make sure that it is completely turned off to avoid possible disruptions.
While in the waiting room, hallway, elevator, or anywhere someone might hear you, you should not talk about your case, even in jest. Though they do not have a strict dress code, Social Security disability hearings are serious business. There may be many Social Security employees in the building, and if they overhear something that you say, they might get the wrong impression of you through misinterpretation or lack of context.
Unless your Ocala disability attorney asks you to be at the hearing office at a specific time, you should plan to be at the hearing office about half an hour early. Your Notice of Hearing might state something about arriving earlier to review your file, but as your lawyer will have done this for you, you are not required to do so. The majority of hearings begin on time.
A professional review of your case file before the hearing is just one of the many ways that legal representation will make it more likely that your claim will be approved. For help with your hearing, contact experienced Ocala disability attorney CJ Henry.