Disability claims can be challenging. If you suffer from liver disease and you are unable to work, your disability claim may be denied when reviewed by a disability examiner because of a lack of supporting evidence.
When you go before an administrative law judge (ALJ), your odds of approval are higher than they were during the initial application.
About 34 percent of disability claims are approved during the initial review, but almost 50 percent of claims are approved at the ALJ hearing. Yes, it is worth requesting an ALJ hearing.
What To Expect From A Hearing
When you go to a hearing, you will be questioned by the ALJ. You may also be questioned by your attorney. There will most likely be a vocational expert in attendance who will review your medical records and then determine what kind of work – if there is any work – that you can do despite your liver disease. You should answer questions in detail and be honest.
Your advocate or attorney can speak on your behalf, and they will argue your case. They could ask you additional questions to show the judge more in-depth details regarding the severity of your liver disease and how it affects you.
An expert witness may also be in attendance and they may be asked about your condition and any work you would be able to do despite your medical problems.
Tips For A Successful ALJ Hearing With Liver Disease
When your disability claim reaches the hearing level, you will want to make sure that you have everything to improve your chances of your claim being approved. You should maintain your medical care and make sure any new medical records are accessible by the ALJ.
You should retain a disability lawyer to represent you. When you have legal representation, your chances of having your claim approved increase significantly. You should arrive at least 30 minutes early for your hearing because if you are late, your claim could be dismissed.
You should be sure to answer all questions in detail and honestly. If you don’t understand the question, ask for clarification. You should practice answering applicable questions with your disability lawyer before the hearing. Be specific about your medical symptoms, how your daily life is affected, and how your work limitations come into play.
Having An Attorney On Your Side Helps
If you are unable to work because of liver disease, you should enlist the help of a disability attorney to help you maneuver the claims process.
Your odds of having your disability claim approved may increase when you are represented by a disability attorney. Disability lawyers take cases on a contingency basis, which means that your lawyer will not be paid until your claim is approved and you receive your backpay.
To make sure your disability claim is underway with the proper supporting documentation, complete the Free Case Evaluation Form today.