As you sit and wait for you Social Security Disability hearing there are definitely multiple questions swimming through your head. The most important question you should have the answer to though is what exactly the judge will be asking you during the hearing.
It makes sense that you are nervous, especially since the hearing comes after your initial Social Security Disability application has been denied at least once or possibly twice. But first and foremost, it is important to not let your nerves get the best of you. The hearing is pretty informal, and the purpose is for the judge to determine if you meet Social Security Disability’s criteria of disability. The judges questions will most likely fall under the falling categories:
- Personal Information – these questions are the most basic ones, including things about your education, where you live, who you live with, etc.
- Work History – the judge will inquire about your work history 15 years prior to your alleged onset date up to the last job you held. You should be able to answer questions pertaining to where you worked, what you did on a daily basis, your responsibilities and whether you spent most of the day sitting down or standing and if your job included lifting.
- Medical Conditions – these questions will pertain to any doctors or specialists you have seen in regards to your disability. You should be able to explain how often you visit the doctor, any medications you’ve been prescribed, how often you are in pain, where you feel pain, side effects of you disability, etc. If you have any gaps in medical treatment you need to be ready to explain why. You may also be asked if your medication is helping or not.
- Daily Activities – what your day-to-day life was like prior to your disability is paramount because it highlights what things you might not be able to do anymore and what your limitations are. The judge will ask about what your typical day consists of, starting from when you wake up in the morning up until you go to sleep at night. Questions about whether or not you can do chores, drive, cook, go out by yourself, etc. will also be included.
It is important to answer all questions honestly and without exaggeration or embellishment. Judges have seen many people appear in court and can tell the difference between someone who is lying and one who is not.
If you are preparing for a Social Security Disability process, your best bet is to seek the services of a qualified New Jersey Social Security disability attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Silverman & Roedel, LLC have over 37 years of experience and are ready to help you with your case. Contact their office at 973-772-6411 today to set up a free consultation.
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