You never wanted to go to a hearing, but now that your Social Security disability application has been denied you are going to have to go to a hearing in order to get the benefits you deserve. You may be anxious about the process and curious about what you should expect. You deserve to know as much as possible before you get into the hearing room so that you are comfortable and able to fully participate in the proceedings. Below are two ways you can learn about the hearing process so that you can prepare for the big day.
Know What Questions to Expect
You may be more comfortable if you know what kinds of questions to expect during the hearing. The administrative law judge will likely ask you for your name, Social Security number, age, mailing address, height and weight. After that, you should be prepared to answer questions such as:
- What is your formal education?
- Do you have any vocational training?
- Are you currently working?
- What was your last job and what were your job responsibilities?
- Have you tried working since you became disabled?
- Where else have you worked in the last 15 years and what were your job responsibilities?
- What is your diagnosis?
- What treatments have you tried?
- Do your treatments have any side effects?
- How does your disability impact your daily activities?
- How does your disability impact your ability to take care of yourself?
- How long can you sit, stand, or walk without needing a break?
- How much can you lift?
- How often do you need to take breaks?
- Do you have any issues getting along with supervisors, co-workers, clients, or customers?
- Do you have any difficulties concentrating or remembering things?
Not every question will be asked at your hearing, but it is important to be prepared and to know how to answer the questions that pertain to your disability before you walk into the hearing room.
Work With a Lawyer Who Will Thoroughly Prepare You for Your Hearing
Our board certified Social Security disability lawyers will not let you go to your hearing unprepared. We will use our experience to anticipate what the administrative law judge wants to know and to help you anticipate the questions that will be asked of you so that you can prepare your answers.
To learn more about how to prepare for a Social Security disability hearing, please contact us at any time via this website or phone.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.