How to Wait for Your Disability Hearing

Artwork: Robin Mead

If your hearing is in a few weeks or a few months or even a year or more away…

Now is the very best time you can make the very biggest difference. Then when you get to your hearing it will be super easy to for the judge to just approve you! Or they might even read your records before the hearing and cancel the hearing and just approve you (it happens!).

Attorney Scott Davis says, “If you are trying to win your case the day of your hearing, you are probably in trouble.” This is true. If you are able to do a few things to help your case before your hearing, you won’t have to worry about the day of the hearing.

Here’s some great things you can do while waiting for your hearing:

Improve Your Application

🌺 Now is the perfect time. You do not have to do a lot. A few minutes each a day can add up to make a big difference. If your hearing is very soon, you won’t have time to look at this whole list. The most important things are getting and RFC form from your doctor and checking to make sure Social Security has your updated medical records.

Collect and Read Your Medical Records

🌺 Many lawyers do not look through all the records until a few weeks before the hearing. Some don’t look until a few days before. Wouldn’t you feel better knowing what your records say now, while there is still time?

Check Your Social Security File

🌺 Some people arrive at their hearings and discover that some of their medical records are missing. For mysterious reasons, having a lawyer does not always solve this problem.

What Happens Next

🌺 A timeline of what happens when.

Make Your Life a Little Easier

🌺 Sleepy Girl tips for financial survival and a (slightly) easier life while you are applying.


🌺 Click here if you run into a problem with your application

Check your date last insured

🌺 If you are applying for SSDI, you may wish to check your Date Last Insured. If it is coming up soon, you want to do everything possible to get the best medical evidence you can before that day arrives.

Learn a little about SSI

🌺 If you are applying for SSI, the way you are living right now can make your backpay check go up or down.

Get a lawyer or work with the lawyer you already have

🌺 Most people find it helpful to have a lawyer with them at their hearing. Hint: Please don’t think your lawyer is doing everything and all you have to do is sit and wait for your hearing. Many people think this. And many people regret thinking this.

Get ready for the Big Day

🌺 Articles about hearings.

Updated June 2017 🌺

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