It is normal to be anxious about an upcoming Social Security disability hearing. You have a lot on the line, and you need the hearing to be successful. Since the stakes are high, you need useful information to help you protect your rights. Below, we discuss three mistakes that you can avoid if you know about them in advance. As you prepare for your Social Security disability hearing, we encourage you to avoid doing these three things.
Mistake #1: Trying to Emotionally Manipulate the Judge
Right now you need understanding and empathy. You may be in pain, you may be facing a financial crisis, and you may be scared about the future. The judge should understand the nature of your situation. However, if you unnecessarily exaggerate your problems, the judge may become suspicious and be less likely to find in your favor during your hearing. Instead, it is important to be yourself. You should express your needs without trying to manipulate the judge’s opinion of you.
Mistake #2: Arguing Your Case Directly With the Judge
Most people seeking Social Security disability are far more likely to say and do the right things if they are represented by an experienced Social Security disability lawyer. You would never try to treat your own serious medical condition. Now that you are facing a serious legal situation that could impact your future, it is important to get the professional help that you need.
Mistake #3: Believing That the Situation Is “All or Nothing”
The stakes are high, but people with serious medical conditions or disabilities in Texas have a wide array of resources at their disposal. The Social Security disability process itself offers claimants multiple options to plead their case. If you are unsuccessful during a Social Security disability hearing, that may not be the end of your road. You may be able to go on to the next stage of a Social Security disability appeal.
A Social Security disability lawyer can help you maximize the opportunity of a Social Security disability hearing and minimize your stress. Please start a live chat with us now to find out more and to schedule your own confidential consultation.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.