Top 10 Tips For Your Social Security Disability Hearing

  1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare: Make sure you have submitted all of 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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7 thoughts on “Top 10 Tips For Your Social Security Disability Hearing”

  1. I like that you talked about how you should look to practice explaining to someone who does not know your exact schedule. A friend of mine has been looking for a lawyer, and I think that this piece of advice will help them prepare for the case. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on social security disability hearings and how to prepare.

  2. I like that you suggested talking to somebody that has no idea with your daily routine could help make a difference during the hearing. My brother has difficulty with explaining himself, and I think being able to know that it is essential to do it is great since it will help him with circumstances like these. You did a great job in giving out helpful ideas that could help us during a hearing. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the tip about hiring an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability appeals. My uncle has been out of work for over 9 months now and is trying to file an appeal since he got hurt on the job and still can’t work. I’ll have to tell him to hire a lawyer with experience in that field so they can help guide him so he knows what to do and so his case will go through.

  4. Thanks for the tips on preparing for your social security disability hearing and how you can make the most of it. I agree that you should be willing to hire an attorney to help you with your case. I would imagine that having an attorney can get you better results since they know the law better.

  5. I think that’s pretty smart to have a kind of pre-hearing to get out all the mistakes before the real thing. I could see how it would be a little strong and do practice runs would help the claimant be capable of having a better sense of what goes on logistically. I’ll have to remember your tips if I ever use for disability.

  6. Thanks for suggesting that you bring a list of your medications to the hearing if there are too many to remember. My mother-in-law has her social security disability hearing next week, and my husband and I have been working with her and her lawyer so we can be as prepared as possible. She takes a lot of medications that I don’t think any of us could list off the top of our heads, so thanks for the suggestion!

  7. My aunt was badly hurt and will be needing social security assistance. It was explained here that she should prepare and ask the expertise of a lawyer. Furthermore, it’s advisable an experienced social security disability attorney for the best outcome.

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