Disability Hearings

Disability Hearings

If you have a disability that prevents you from working, the state of California offers a variety of disability benefits to help you meet your financial obligations. While many individuals successfully apply for disability benefits in California, most claims are rejected.

If your claim is rejected in California, then you can appeal the decision. During the appeal process, you may be requested to undergo a disability hearing. It’s helpful to have a disability benefits attorney present to help you with your hearing.

At Lerner, Moore, Silva, Cunningham & Rubel, we help California residents appeal against disability claim rejections. Our team is here to help you navigate the disability hearing process. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with our team, please dial (909)889-1131 now.

California Disability Appeal Hearings

Unfortunately, the SSA rejects many disability claims. If this is your first time applying for disability benefits, it’s not unusual to experience an automatic rejection. Below, let’s explore some common reasons that your claim may be denied:

• There are errors in your application – or missing details
• You don’t have enough work credits to receive SSDI benefits
• Your medical condition is not classified as a disability
• The medical information provided does not justify the claim

If your SSA is denied, you will receive a letter – it will include the reason they have denied your claim. To appeal, you should require a Request for Reconsideration (you must do this within 60 days).

The SSA will review the claim, and then a new medical consultant and an examiner will review the claim. If they deny the claim again, your next step is a disability hearing.

If you want any additional information about why your claim was denied, feel free to contact Lerner, Moore, Silva, Cunningham & Rubel. We can help simplify any explanations you receive from the SSA.

The Disability Hearing Process

Disability hearings occur at an SSA office and will be managed by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The hearing will likely consist of you, your lawyer, the ALJ, and anyone you bring as a witness – typically, this will be a doctor or other medical professionals.

In the hearing, you will have an opportunity to outline why you need disability benefits. The ALJ will ask about your disability, work history, and ability to continue working. Your lawyer and witnesses will also have an opportunity to contribute.

In the case of an unsuccessful disability hearing, there is still the chance to have your case heard by the Appeals Council. If that option is exhausted, taking your claim to federal court may be required.

Contact a Disability Hearing Attorney Today

If you have an upcoming disability hearing, it’s essential to prepare yourself. Unfortunately, many individuals experience disability claim rejections because they don’t understand the process. By using an experienced disability benefits law firm to help you navigate the process, you can improve your chances of success.

At Lerner, Moore, Silva, Cunningham & Rubel, we provide legal services to clients that are applying for SSDI and SSI benefits in California. If you’re disabled and you need assistance making a claim, we’re always ready to help. You can schedule a free consultation with a disability benefits lawyer today by calling (909)889-1131.