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The Importance of Attending Your Hearing

As you near the scheduled hearing date in your case, your attorney or case manager will ask you to arrive at the hearing location at least a half hour prior to your hearing. It is very important that you try your best to arrive early. You may have additional questions for your attorney or your attorney may wish to speak with you again before your hearing. It is also a good idea to give yourself some extra time in case of traffic issues or difficulty finding the hearing location.

It is very important that you make sure to read the Notice of Hearing that you receive from the Social Security Administration, as well as any reminders that you receive from the Social Security Administration or your attorney's office. You will need to pay particular attention to the address that is provided. Sometimes, disability claimants simply assume that their hearing will be held at their local courthouse. Disability hearing are almost never held at a courthouse. Instead, they are generally held in office space rented by the Social Security Administration.

While it is preferable to arrive early, it is essential that you attend your hearing and arrive on time. The judges that preside over SSI and SSDI hearings have very little sympathy for individuals that miss their hearing because they overslept, forgot, or had a transportation plan that fell through. If you do not appear for your hearing, the court may decide to proceed with the hearing in your absence. If you have not signed and returned "Fee Agreement" and "Appointment of Representative" forms to your attorney representative, then the judge will likely dismiss your case. Thus, it is essentially that you not simply assume that your hearing will be rescheduled if you fail to appear. If for some reason you are unable to attend your hearing at the scheduled time, it is very important to call your attorney and the hearing office as soon as possible.

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Midwest Disability, P.A.
408 Northdale Boulevard Northwest
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
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