If you have a problem with your heart valve, you may not be able to perform your routine daily tasks and you may find yourself unable to work and earn a living. Disability claims are often denied on the initial review.
Only 34 percent of claims are approved initially, so you should request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Your changes of having your claim approved at the hearing level improve greatly, as almost half of claims are approved during the ALJ hearing. It is worth pursuing an ALJ hearing.
What To Expect From A Hearing
You should be prepared when you go to an ALJ hearing for your disability claim regarding a heart valve disorder. You will be questioned by the ALJ.
The questions will touch on your medical problems, your treatment, past employment, your educational background, and how your life has been affected by your medical issues. You should be able to talk about any limitations in detail, being factual, but not leaving out anything.
Your lawyer can speak on your behalf. He or she will argue your case. They will also help you prepare for the hearing and practice questions. There will most likely be expert witnesses and/or vocational experts in attendance.
The experts will be asked about your condition and will determine what kind of work you could do with your medical condition or if you can work at all.
Tips For Success At An ALJ Hearing With A Heart Valve Disorder
If you are going to an ALJ hearing for disability benefits for a heart valve disorder, you should enlist the help of a disability attorney. Your chances of a successful disability claim improve greatly when you have experienced legal representation.
You should arrive at your disability hearing at least 30 minutes early because if you end up being late, the judge could dismiss your disability case.
You should be sure to answer any questions honestly, in detail, and precisely. Do not exaggerate your condition, but instead, tell the judge how it affects you and limits you. If you do not understand a question, ask for clarification or ask for the question to be repeated.
You should practice answering questions with your lawyer or with a friend or family member before you go to court. Always be specific about your limitations at work and any medical symptoms you suffer because of the heart valve disorder.
Having An Attorney On Your Side Can Help
Your chances of a successful disability claim for a heart valve disorder may improve greatly when you are represented by a disability lawyer.
An attorney can help you gather your medical records and other supporting documentation and make sure your claim is in order. A lawyer may know what evidence is needed to get your claim approved and will know the best way to proceed with your claim.
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