Your Social Security Disability hearing is one of the most important moments in the entire disability process. As a client, it's the first time you are able to provide testimony in support of your claim. And while it may be one of the most important moments in the disability process, it can also be one of the most nerve-racking moments as well.
Our Advocates are trained to help you through this process. For one Binder & Binder® Advocate in particular, Mariam Sanni-Adigun from our Dallas, Texas office, preparation for a hearing is a very thorough process. As a former prosecutor, Mariam hates surprises. And, to avoid any such surprises, she makes sure to review each and every medical exhibit, page by page, taking detailed notes. Not only does she spend a lot of time preparing personally for each hearing, she spends a lot of time preparing the clients she represents. In addition to contacting clients in advance of their hearing, Mariam explains the process of the hearing to her clients. She runs them through a "mock hearing," or rather, poses the same questions to them prior to their hearing that she plans to ask at the hearing itself. This tactic, as Mariam says "puts clients at ease at the hearings." She also requests that her clients arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled hearing time, as it allows for additional review and last minute questions.
Our Advocates all have their own special hearing preparation techniques, but there is one common goal--and that it to ensure that our clients are as successful as possible when they finally reach their hearing!