A disability attorney is important in helping applicants for disability benefits understand each and every form encountered during the application process and thereafter. Here is a continuation of a look at some important forms associated with applying for social security benefits. Today’s blog examines forms with the “HA” prefix, standing for “hearings and appeals.”

  • Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge (HA-501-US)

Applicants that disagree with the Reconsideration decision in their case may appeal.  This will be the second appeal in the process.  After a Recon denial, the proper appeal in most cases is a Request for Hearing.  You can actually make a simple statement regarding your desire to appeal, but the SSA has a handy form for this.  It is the HA-501 form. Use it to request a hearing.  The hearing will be in before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

  • Request for Review of Hearing Decision/Order (HA-520-US)

If an ALJ denies your claim in whole or part, you have one final administrative appeal let.  This would be your third appeal in the process.  It is a request for an appeal to a group known as the Appeals Council.  The form used for such an appeal is a HA-520.   The form typically has about an inch of space to list the reasons why you disagree with the ALJ denial.  Many attorneys will simply supplement this form with some type of legal brief. In many cases, it is impossible to explain the flaws in a ALJ decision with the space provided on the form.

  • Waiver of Your Right to Personal Appearance Before an Administrative Law Judge (HA-4608)

This form allows applicants to waive their appearance at a hearing before an ALJ and state that they desire the ALJ to decide the case based upon the evidence.   Not always a good idea since the hearing is about the only face to face meeting in the adjudication process.

  • Claimant’s Recent Medical Treatment (HA-4631)

This is typically a hearing level form.  It is usually sent out by the hearing office while you wait for your day in court.  The  HA-4631 is used when a claimant has requested, a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. This form is used to provide information about medical treatment that a claimant has received since they or a representative or doctor, last furnished medical information to the SSA.  In short it is a medical update form (hospitals and doctors…)

  • Claimant’s Medications (HA-4632)

An HA-4632 is another hearing level form. It is used to report a claimant’s CURRENT medications, with space at the bottom for non-Rx medications (aspirin, Advil, Tylenol…)

  • Claimant’s Work Background (HA-4633)

Another hearing level forms.  This also pertains to the situation when an applicant has requested, or is requesting, a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Applicants use this form to inform the SSA about any work performed, and usually the 15 year window is used here.  If there has been recent work, it can be reported here as well.  Just as with any work description, be accurate and honest about the physical demands and true job duties. DO NOT FLUFF.  It helps if this is consistent with other work history forms.  More often than not, the various work history forms are not consistent, and we clarify this at the hearing.

The assistance of a qualified disability attorney is more than useful in helping a potential claimant correctly understand all of the forms involved in filing an application for disability benefits. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today by calling 888-587-0228 or visiting us online! We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you.A Primer On Social Security Forms Part 3