The process of securing financial support from the Social Security Administration can be a complex process, even for California applicants who have a valid disabling medical condition. Over the past two years applicants have had to navigate the process of applying for benefits and appealing denied claims virtually because of the pandemic, but that may change in the near future. Steps have been taken that will resume some in-person disability claims hearings.
The benefit of in-person hearings
For the past two years, those who needed to attend a disability hearing had to do so remotely. However, the Association of Administrative Law Judges and the Social Security Administration recently reached an agreement that would resume some in-person hearings. There will still be a continuation of virtual and phone hearings as well.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been thousands of virtual administrative hearings to determine whether an applicant had a valid claim to disability benefits. Some applicants may find that in-person hearings are more effective, allowing them to have a more personal approach in their pursuit of benefits. By offering both in-person and virtual hearings, the SSA hopes to offer flexibility and safety for applicants, judges and others involved with the process.
Fighting for support
California disability applicants will benefit from the help of an experienced attorney as they pursue benefits. Whether they will need to attend a hearing in-person or virtually, they will benefit from counsel and guidance at every step. The disability claims process is complex and confusing, but having assistance at every step can help one avoid complications and preventable setbacks.