If the Social Security Administration denies your claim, you may choose to file an appeal. One part of the appeal process is a hearing.
There are several steps in the appeals process. According to the Social Security Administration, you have to request a reconsideration of your case before asking for a hearing. During this step, a neutral person reexamines the case. If the SSA still issues a denial, you can request a hearing.
Asking for a hearing
The SSA usually sends a notice through the mail informing you of the denial. If you want to continue the appeals process, you need to request a hearing within the next 60 days. You typically need to make this request in writing and can do so either online or by writing a letter. If you cannot file an appeal within this time period, you need to ask for an extension and explain why you cannot meet the deadline. You may be unable to continue the appeals process if you do not meet this deadline.
The hearing process
Once you submit your documentation, the SSA will schedule a hearing and tell you the time and date so you can attend. You should usually attend this hearing so you can explain the details about your case. You may also bring witnesses who can help explain your medical situation. If you have a conflict, you should contact the SSA so officials can reschedule your hearing.
At the hearing, the court will generally ask you questions about your condition. Your witnesses will also be able to provide their testimony. Sometimes, you may have more recent medical documents from your doctor. You should make sure the court sees these so they have the most current information about your condition. After reviewing your documentation and listening to you and your witness, the court will make a decision about your case.