The Power of Your Attorney After a Social Security Disability Hearing

When wrapping up your disability hearing, your attorney may choose to make a closing argument either in writing or at the end of the hearing. However, if your case has been well developed, it probably can stand on its own and a closing argument won’t be necessary.

It is important that you, as the claimant, also remember that your Tennessee Social Security disability attorney cannot rush the system. There may be a long wait for you to get a written decision. The written decision will be sent to you in the mail, and a copy will also be sent to your lawyer. If you’re fortunate enough to have the judge render a bench decision at the hearing, a copy of that written bench decision summary will generally arrive within a week. Otherwise, don’t anticipate a decision from the judge for at least a month or more as some judges can be quite slow in issuing decisions.

There is rarely any way to speed up getting the decision; thus, as difficult as it will be, you must simply sit back and wait. However, if three months pass and you still haven’t heard or received anything, it would be a good idea to contact your attorney and ask him or her to make sure that your file hasn’t been lost. If you need a skilled Tennessee Social Security disability attorney, feel free to contact Smith & Cockett for a free consultation.