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Biggest Mistake People Make At Their Disability Hearing

What is the biggest mistake people make when they have a disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge?

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THEY DON’T SHOW UP!  You may be shocked to find out that many people, despite ample notice, don’t make it to their hearing. This is a HUGE mistake!  Don’t let this be you. There is really no excuse for not attending your hearing.  Your hearing is scheduled 75 days in advance. You receive  notice of hearing in the mail and if you have an attorney, they will call you and tell you you have a hearing. You should arrive early to your hearing, giving yourself time to go through a metal detector and check in to the hearing office so they know you are there. You will need to bring a VALID ID to the hearing office. This means a driver’s license, passport, or state ID that has not expired. If yours has expired, get a new and valid one prior to the hearing so that you don’t have problems. Even if you have an expired ID and you don’t have time, money, or the physical ability to get a new ID, bring your old ID and come to the hearing.  At least the Judge will know you care enough about your disability benefits to be there.  If you have a medical emergency and are in the hospital, call the hearing office or your attorney and let them know you won’t be there and then, get proof from a doctor as to why you weren’t able to attend your hearing. Otherwise, the ALJ is going to deny your claim. This is a court of law. The Judge is a real Judge. When the Judge orders you to be there, you need to show up.  You can’t get disability benefits without appearing at your hearing. There is really no valid excuse for not coming to your hearing.  Most of the time, you have waited two years to have a hearing scheduled. If you want the government to grant your case, you need to be at your hearing on time. If you need representation at your hearing, contact Cannon Disability Law.

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