Post-Hearing Development for Social Security Disability Benefits

The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who hears your Social Security disability case may want additional information to make his or her decision. This could be any type of evidence – medical records, educational records, or even wage records. This process is called post-hearing development.

I try to avoid post-hearing development because my clients have usually had to wait months or even years to get a hearing date. It is, however, sometimes impossible to avoid post-hearing development because the ALJ may want more information. Below are common scenarios where the ALJ may request post-hearing development:

  • You were unable to receive adequate medical care because of insurance coverage problems or lack of funds. If this happens, the ALJ may send you to a consultative examination.
  • You were unable to undergo diagnostic testing because of insurance coverage problems or lack of funds. If this happens, the ALJ may send you out for diagnostic testing.
  • The ALJ wants additional school records if you claim a mental health impairment.
  • The ALJ wants information from past employers to see if you received accommodations at work.

Post-hearing development can make or break your case for Social Security disability benefits. Do not take it lightly.

Corey Pollard is a Virginia Social Security disability attorney who represents injured and disabled workers in Richmond, Newport News, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Glen Allen, Chesterfield, Midlothian, Williamsburg, Hampton, Norfolk, and Fredericksburg. Contact him and the legal team at Jenkins, Block & Associates today for a free consultation.