Practice Areas James A. McKown Jr.

If your application for Social Security benefits was denied and your request for reconsideration also resulted in a denial, the next step is a Social Security Disability hearing in front of an administrative law judge at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in either Indiana, Fort Wayne or Valparaiso, Indiana. This is where the lawyers at the Law Office of Jim McKown have found the most success in helping disabled people like you get the necessary benefits.

Disability Hearing Time Frames

We understand that you have already been waiting too long for the Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits you need. Unfortunately, the waiting time for an ALJ disability hearing can vary widely. However, with more than 30 years of experience on our side, we know how to spot opportunities for expediting your hearing or on-the-record decisions when they appear. We want to get you through this as quickly as possible.

Preparation for the Hearing

Careful preparation is necessary if we are going to achieve success at the hearing. Our Indiana ALJ disability hearing attorney gathers all of the necessary documents to prove that you need the requested benefits. They also prepare you personally for the hearing.

While we have done hundreds of these hearings, we know that this is your first. You may be nervous. You are going to be asked questions. Our Fort Wayne ALJ disability hearing attorney will prepare you for these questions and educate you about exactly how the hearing will go. By knowing what to expect, you will find that your stress level will decrease significantly.

When the time for the hearing comes, we will stand by your side. We have a strong record of getting benefits for disabled people at the disability hearing stage. You can count on us to put forth every effort to make your ALJ disability hearing a success.

What Happens if Your Claim Is Denied?

While we make every effort to help you succeed at the ALJ disability hearing level, some claims are still denied. If your claim was denied at the disability hearing, we will advise you on your best options for moving forward — either requesting a review by the appeals council or filing a new application.

Contact a Marion Disability Appeal Attorney

Talk to our Marion disability hearing attorney today. You can reach us toll free from anywhere in Indiana at or you may e-mail our Social Security law firm to schedule a free initial consultation.