If you have kidney failure and your disability benefits claim was denied on reconsideration, you will want to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).
On the hearing level, your chances of having your claim approved are their best, and you have a chance to testify before the ALJ regarding how your life has been affected by kidney failure.
An ALJ hearing is worth your time.
What To Expect From An ALJ Hearing
When you go an ALJ hearing, you will be questioned by the ALJ.
The ALJ will question you about your kidney failure, any medical treatment, any past employment, your educational background, and how you are affected by your medical issues.
When you go to a hearing before an ALJ, you can be represented by a disability attorney.
The lawyer can speak on your behalf to argue your claim and to show how you are affected by kidney failure.
Sometimes the lawyer may ask you more in-depth questions to show the judge how you are affected by kidney failure.
There will most likely be expert witnesses at the hearing, and the judge will ask them about kidney failure and any work you may be able to do with your condition.
Experts will provide details about your ability to work and earn a living, and what jobs – if any – you can do despite being in kidney failure.
Tips For Success At An ALJ Hearing With Kidney Failure
When you go to a hearing before an ALJ, you should be represented by a disability lawyer, which improves your chances of a successful claim.
Arrive early for the hearing because if you are late, the judge can dismiss your claim.
Be sure to answer all questions completely, in detail, and honestly. If you do not understand the question, be sure to ask for clarification.
You should practice answering question with your disability lawyer before the hearing, and when responding to questions be specific when detailing work limitations and your medical symptoms.
You should be ready for questions regarding any gaps in your medical history or any facts on your application that could go against your case and know the best way to respond to any questions about them.
You should be ready to describe – in detail – your day-to-day life with kidney failure.
As an example, as your kidney failure advances, you will require dialysis.
When you are getting dialysis, you are not able to work. You will not be able to travel far from home, so you are unable to work.
Your only travel will be to medical appointments, and you will be very fatigued.
Having An Attorney On Your Side Helps
If your claim is initially denied, do not give up hope.
You should gather supporting evidence, specifically your medical records, to support your claim.
Make sure you have an attorney on your side who knows how to proceed with your claim and who knows what to expect throughout the claims process. Ask for your free case evaluation today.