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.
💮 Some disability lawyers say this is the single most important paper in your entire file! Tips for making sure your function form includes everything needed.
🌺 Sample letters and tips for making sure your letter includes everything needed.
🌺 If possible, it’s highly recommended to try to get a lawyer or disability advocate for your hearing. There is no charge until after you win.
🌺 Some people arrive at their hearings and discover that some of their most important medical records are missing from their file! (This happens to people with lawyers, too).
🌺 The judge is going to make their decision based on your records. Don’t you want to know what they will be reading? Yes! You do! (Hint: Online records usually are not complete)
🌺 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. It’s never too early and it’s never too late.
🌺 Questions the judge may ask during your hearing, and strategies for answering.
🌺 Videos by Disability lawyer Jonathan Ginsberg. Highly recommended by many of our readers.
🌺 Excellent list of articles by Disability Lawyers
🌺 Tips if you don’t have a lawyer.
🌺 Stories from the field
Getting denied when you first apply is so hard. Take it one step at a time. The anger is exhausting.
See if you can refocus. Starts with focusing on yourself. ‘I deserve support’. ‘Things are changing’. ‘I’m going to be a part of what’s changing’. And balance with little things that make you happy. Comedy shows, music, tea and crumpets.
Focus on how deserving you are and treat yourself super well. You are innocent. And beautiful.”
– Laura Partland