Your Social Security disability hearing comes after denials and appeals; as such, it is important to do all you can to make a good impression. While you are not on trial, you are still going before a judge, and a certain amount of decorum is expected. Your Michigan disability attorney will provide you with advice on how to answer when you testify, but the following information will help you look and be your best.
You do not need to dress formally, as you would, say, to a job interview. However, you will be appearing before a judge, so you should avoid being overly casual in your dress. Be comfortable, since you will be sitting for a prolonged period, but wear nice comfortable clothes.
When to Arrive
Tardiness never makes a person look good. How would your boss feel if you were to show up late for work? It is very important that you arrive on time. In fact, try to arrive a half hour early so that your Michigan disability attorney can go any additional matters with you. Arriving early will also help you to be calm.
Discussing Your Case with Others
You will likely be sitting in a waiting room with others for some time. It is very important to avoid discussing your case. You should take particular care not to make jokes or complain about the Social Security Administration. There are many SSA employees in the building, and you are certain to be heard.
Make sure you turn off your cell phone before entering the hearing room. The judge is not likely to be pleased if your phone rings in the middle of your or another’s testimony. Really, there is no one you will need to be speaking with at that point, anyway. Your Michigan disability attorney will be in attendance. If you are concerned about being able to receive emergency calls, keep the phone on vibrate.
For Further Questions
If you have become disabled and are not able to work for at least 12 months, you may be eligible for Social Security disability. If your claim has been denied, and you need the assistance of a Michigan disability attorney, call the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates to arrange a consultation. We are a dedicated and experienced team who will help you with your appeal. Call today: 800-961-8477.