Answering Questions at a Social Security Disability Hearing

What to remember when getting questioned at a disability hearing

Disability hearings are conducted in a relatively informal setting similar to a conference room. You should remember that while the setting is somewhat informal, you are still attending a hearing that involves a judge. And, as such, you should be prepared to answer any questions the judge might have about your condition, the limitations you experience, and about jobs you performed in the past.

These questions and your responses may very well determine the outcome of your disability claim.

You should answer all questions honestly and to the best of your ability. If you are perceived to be exaggerating or malingering, the judge may determine that your statements cannot be trusted. Conversely, do not lessen the impact your disabling condition has upon your ability to do things. It is important that the judge get a feeling as to how this is affecting your daily life and your ability to work.

In my opinion, many disability claims with proper medical evidence to substantiate a finding of disabled are denied due to the responses provided by the disability applicant themselves. So be prepared and answer honestly. If you have a disability representative or lawyer, follow their direction or suggestions, as they know all of the medical vocational guidelines and court rulings that could help your disability claim.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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