Indiana residents who have had their Social Security Disability benefit applications denied can eventually appeal the decision to an administrative law judge. If an application is going to be approved, it is most likely to be approved at the hearing level. Prior to the hearing, the judge will look at any evidence submitted by the applicant or the applicant’s attorney
Ideally, an applicant will submit recent medical evidence for the court to review. Without recent medical records, it is unlikely that a request for benefits will be approved at the hearing level. As the judge is already familiar with the facts in the case before the hearing takes place, it should only take a few minutes to complete. There is a chance that proceeding will conclude without the applicant or attorney saying anything at all.
However, the judge will typically ask the applicant questions about his or her physical or mental condition. An applicant may also be asked about his or her work history and how a condition impairs the ability to retain steady employment. Even if applicants are approved for benefits at the conclusion of the hearing, they may not start receiving payments for several weeks or months. This is because the judge’s decision must be put into writing and sent to the payment center.
People who are applying for Social Security Disability benefits may want to do so with the help of an attorney who may be able to help gather medical records and other evidence that an examiner or judge may need to approve an application. Legal counsel may help to ensure that the necessary paperwork is filled out correctly and filed in a timely manner.