People in West Virginia who apply for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits and who have to attend a hearing will have a better chance at being successful at the hearing if they have some form of representation. This is because the manner in which disability hearings are conducted is similar to how different types of court proceedings are done. In order to win their case, disability benefits claimants should have a strong case that is properly prepared and whose relevant positions and arguments are effectively presented.
In order to properly prepare for a hearing, a representative should begin to collect updated medical records, which will be examined to determine if the claimant's case can be bolstered. The records that are obtained will also be forwarded to the administrative law judge who will be making the ruling in the case.
Having updated medical records is an important factor in the success of the case because when it is typically time for the case to be heard, there will be no recent medical data on file to be reviewed. This is because the tasks associated with developing the case typically stops when the reconsideration appeal phase of the application process has been completed. This means that the Social Security Administration is no longer doing any work regarding the case. Records are no longer gathered, no more information is sought on the work history of the claimants and individuals who have knowledge about the daily activities and condition of the claimant are no longer being contacted.
An attorney who practices Social Security Disability law may assist clients through the process of filing a claim for benefits and appealing claims that have been denied. The attorney may advocate on behalf of clients during appeal hearings by presenting the necessary arguments and evidence.