Hi my name is Andrew Kinney and I’m a Social Security attorney at Hoglund Law offices. Today I wanted to talk about submitting evidence after your social security hearing.
Social security has hearings for people who are applying for disability insurance and supplemental security income. First, there is an application, in most cases a reconsideration stage, and then a hearing. The hearing is with a federal administrative law judge that looks at your medical records and decides your case based on that your testimony and other factors.
The subject today is unique because most times you should get your medical evidence in before your social security hearing, not after. But sometimes you don’t have a choice. Usually, what I see if we get involved in a social security claim and someone is unrepresented is that all the evidence was not to the judge on time. Usually, when that happens we’re helping at the level after the appeals counsel level. So we’re submitting evidence that should have been available before the hearing way too late, I would argue. In social security claims its important all along the way to make sure social security has all the updated medical records at all the stages I talked about. But what is particularly important, at least by when your hearing is scheduled, is that you do a final push and get all the updated records from all the medical sources so that they’re available at the hearing.
In the situation at hand here, when I’m talking about submitting records after the hearing, one of challenges is that at some point after the hearing the judge will have a written decision. The date of that written decision will be the last day the judge will look at this stuff for now. You have an unknown deadline after a hearing to submit medical evidence. What do you do about it? Well, if you have an attorney with you at the hearing the attorney should ask to hold a record open. Typically, we ask the judge “Don’t make a decision your honor until we can get these specific records.” Generally, judges have a deadline for that. Now if you don’t have that agreement then you really don’t know if you’ll have time to get updated medical evidence. So a backup option, particularly if you’re unrepresented is to call your hearing office after the hearing and talk to the assistant to the judge and ask can the judge not make a decision because there was some evidence that I forgot.
The basic idea here is you can get evidence in after a hearing at least according to the current law, but it’s not ideal in fact by any stretch of the imagination. You should at all cost try to get evidence in before. If you do submit records after your hearing your attorney should submit a brief if at all possible explaining why these record are relevant in fact. Also it should be explained why they’re relevant and that the judge should look at them when the judge may have made a decision in the case but has not committed it to writing. If you have more questions about Social Security benefits, applying for social security, or in the case of here, how should I handle my evidence in my social security claim well be happy to talk with you. You can call 1-800-850-7867. You can also go online at www.HoglundLaw.com and look up these sorts of issues. Hopefully this helped today. Thank you.