Top 10 Tips For Your Social Security Disability Hearing

  1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare: Make sure you have submitted all of your relevant medical records to Social Security at least 5 business days in advance of your hearing.
  2. Have your treating doctor complete a statement regarding your physical and/or mental abilities – this is often called a Residual Functional Capacity Assessment
  3. Be ready to explain to the judge in a concise manner what medical condition(s) prevent you from doing any work.
  4. Practice explaining to someone who doesn’t know you exactly what your daily routine is like. What daily tasks do you need help with?
  5. Have a list of your medications with you if there are too many to remember.
  6. Be able to tell the judge if any of your medications cause side effects that contribute to your disability
  7. If you have durable medical equipment that you need to function such as braces, a cane, walker bring it with you to the hearing.
  8. Hire an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability appeals. If you don’t have an attorney you can have one support person bring you.
  9. Be polite and honest with the judge. Wear comfortable, appropriate clothing. Call the judge “your honor”.
  10. Relax! Judges are real people too. If you can’t hear or didn’t understand a question at the hearing, politely ask the judge to repeat herself.

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