What Happens At The Social Security Disability Hearing?
The social security disability hearing is where everything flips in your favor. Through the application process and the request for reconsideration, statistics indicate that you will likely be denied. However, at the hearing level, statistics show a much better chance of winning an approval of benefits.
At this stage, you get to talk to a judge and explain how your physical and mental conditions affect your everyday life, and how your functional disabilities limit your ability to work. This will be done through your testimony. The judge and your lawyer will have a chance to ask you questions that will allow you to tell your story. This is the most important part of the hearing.
Prepare your mind for this day. Remember not to exaggerate your symptoms. Be honest when you answer questions. Read your medical records and know what’s there. In addition to your medical issues, expect the judge to ask you about things you do, where you go, and how you take care of your family.
The social security disability hearing is a legal hearing. There is a real judge. You have a lot at stake. And you have the right to have an attorney there with you.