Social Security Disability Hearing: How to Prepare for Questioning
When you testify before an administrative law judge at your Social Security disability hearing, you should expect your testimony to establish specific limitations related to your disability. An appointed disability representative should prepare you for what questions you can expect, and how best to answer the questions.
Your disability representative will ensure that you are familiar with the basic facts that need to be established:
- That you are unable to perform any of the jobs you have previously worked over the past 15 years, and
- That you cannot perform other jobs that exist for your education and experience in the national economy.
When it comes to your ability to perform your previous jobs, your disability representative may ask you to tell the administrative law judge (ALJ) about the easiest job you have performed in the last 15 years. The ALJ may question why you can no longer do that job. It is important that you do not try to explain the “why” with reasons the Social Security Administration considers irrelevant, such as: “My employer went bankrupt” or “They won’t re-hire me back due to my injuries.” This reasoning will not be relevant to the judge.
Regarding your ability to do other jobs, you don’t necessarily have to be in excruciating pain or bed-ridden to be found disabled by the Social Security Administration. However, you might have to prove that you can no longer work even a light job, which is one that requires standing for six out of eight hours a day, and lifting up to ten pounds.
The important thing is to be prepared and ready to answer appropriately. This is where an experienced representative can provide invaluable insights and assistance in your pre-hearing preparation.
If you have further questions about testimony at your disability hearing, contact an experienced disability representative at GENEX Services for a FREE initial consultation. Call Toll Free (866) 930-4988, or complete and submit the FREE Evaluation form on this page. The privacy of your information is guaranteed, and you have no obligations.