If your application for Social Security Benefits or Supplemental Security Income was denied, you have the right to appeal through the hearing process. However, the hearing process changed after the COVID-19 pandemic forced mandatory in-person hearings in Milwaukee, Madison, and statewide to go remote beginning in March 2020.

Previously, if you did not show up for your hearing, your case would either be dismissed or the judge would issue an order to show “good cause” as to why you did not appear. The “good cause” standard can be high for some judges.

Attorney Thomas W. Durkin, Cabranes, Durkin & Longdin Attorneys at Law, Racine, focuses on social security disability/supplemental security income cases (SSDI/SSI) and personal injury and workers’ compensation, with an emphasis on SSDI/SSI. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral and Information Service, which connects Wisconsin residents with lawyers throughout the state. Learn more at wislaw.org.