Testimony at Hearing: You will give testimony at the disability hearing. This means that you will be asked some simple questions by your attorney or the judge. Don't worry: although most clients are nervous, the hearings are less formal than regular court. First, they are private, so you can be open about your medical problems and how they affect you. Second, the questions concern facts that you probably easily know, since you have had to deal with your disability on a day-to-day basis. Your attorney can help prepare you by giving you an idea of what questions you will be asked.
Your written disability decision: It will usually be a month or two after the hearing before you receive your written decision in the mail. No decision is official from Social Security until you get it in writing. Even if you, your attorney or the judge thinks the hearing went well, you must wait for a written disability decision. Benefit payment usually starts one to two months after a favorable decision.