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Should I Postpone My Social Security Disability Hearing To Get More Medical Evidence?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Periodically, clients will suggest that we postpone a schedule Social Security disability hearing so that they can provide the judge with additional medical records.  Usually, I hear about this if the client has

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

surgery or some other procedure coming up after the hearing.  There is logic to this approach. The new medical information would certainly explain the claimant's situation better.

Yes Or No?

So? Should you postpone a scheduled hearing?

The answer is always No. 

Rescheduling Will Result In A Long Delay

If you postpone a hearing once it is on the calendar, you have no idea when it will be rescheduled. The delay is likely going to be many months.  Clients have already waited upwards to two years for a judge to hear their case. The last thing you want is more delay.

There Will Be Time To Update Your File

The better approach is to go to the hearing and tell the ALJ about the upcoming procedure. If the ALJ

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decides she wants to see the new medical evidence, she will give you time to get the new medical treatment. Remember that ALJs have to rule on a complete medical record.  They cannot simply write off any medical information that is relevant to the claim.

You Might Win Anyway

Keep in mind, too, that the ALJ may decide she has enough information to find in your favor without the new medical records. In that case, you will have delayed for no reason at all.

There can be valid reasons to postpone a hearing. But, waiting to get new medical evidence is not one of them.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.

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