Should I Bring Anybody to Testify For Me at the Social Security Hearing | St. Pete Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer

Generally, the answer is no! The hearing  will take 45 to 60 minutes. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may ask all the questions or let your attorney ask the questions. The ALJ knows what questions he wants answered and does not want to hear your life story.

The ALJ wants to hear about the 5 hurdles I talked about in earlier posts. Nothing more and nothing less.  The time will fly by.

The ALJ makes a decision about your case primarily based on your medical records and your testimony. Unless a friend or family member can add something new, it is generally not helpful to have additional witnesses at your hearing.

It is your time to shine and tell the ALJ the 5 Hurdle story. It is better for the ALJ to hear it from you than anyone else. You are your best witness!

For more information contact Cavey & Barrett, and consider reading this informative free book about Social Security Disability.

Vocational Testimony at Your Social Security Hearing | Pinellas Park Social Security Disability Lawyer

When you get the notice for your hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will generally tell you if vocational expert (VE) will be testifying.

You will be asked to fill out forms asking about your recent medical treatment, a medication list, and a work history form. Complete those forms accurately and send back immediately.

The ALJ will also ask you to acknowledge you will be at the hearing. Do that ASAP.

The notice that a VE will be present  means potential problems at Hurdle 4, Can You Return to Your Past Relevant Work and Hurdle 5, Other Work in the National Economy.

If you get a notice that a VE will be present, retain an attorney to represent you immediately. You will need an experienced Social Security attorney to cross-examine the VE. The VE must be given the proper questions about your past work history, your current restrictions, your exertional and non-exertional problems like side effects of medication and the impact of pain. You can’t count on the ALJ giving the VE the right question to win your case. The ALJ might ask the VE questions that can be used to deny your claim.

Sharon Barrett and Nancy Cavey know the importance of asking the right questions of the VE at your Social Security Hearing.

Getting to the Social Security Hearing On Time | Port Richey Social Security Disability Lawyer

Where you late to your high school graduation? Your wedding?

Don’t get lost and don’t be late.

Use Map-quest and have directions. Plan enough travel time to get lost. Plan to get to the hearing in time to sign in, look at your file, and compose yourself.

Social Security Disability hearings are informal and you do not have to dress up. You may have to wait if the Administrative Law Judge is running behind. The hearing will last about 45 minutes to 60 minutes and the time will fly. Be prepared for your big day! For more help and information search here.

The Magic Day – You Get a Notice of Hearing | New Port Richey Social Security Disability Lawyer

You have filed your Request for Hearing and you have waited, waited, and waited some more. You may waited for over a year but the mail man has just delivered a letter from Social Security with a Notice of Hearing.

The Notice of Hearing will tell you the date, time, and location of your hearing. Don’t be surprised where the hearings can be held. I have had hearings at the local Marriott hotel where the visiting ALJ was staying and in bank buildings!

You will generally get 30 days notice of the hearing and be asked to send a form back to the local office that confirms you will be attending that hearing.

So, now the big day is approaching what should you do?

First and foremost, if you don’t have an experienced Social Security attorney such as Nancy Cavey or Sharon Barrett, get one immediately. You have a better chance of winning with representation than without.

If you choose to do it yourself (this in not a Home Depot type project) you should immediately get all your medical reports from any medical provider who saw you from the date you filed your initial application until the day you got the Notice of Hearing.

Make two copies. One should be sent to the local office by certified mail immediately. Take the second and put in date order. Then sit down at your kitchen table with a pad of paper. Start reading and taking notes. What did I complain about? What did the doctor say about my ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, and stoop? Probably nothing!

That should be enough to send you to a social security disability attorney who can get from your treating physician information about your physical or emotional abilities. Getting your doctor to say your are disabled is a waste of time and money. That is not what the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is looking for.

Since you have decided that you are Perry Mason, what are you going to do next?

You are going to get ready to testify. OK, are you now ready to admit you need an attorney? You may have talked your way through life before but it is not going to work before the (ALJ). A Social Security attorney will prepare you for the most important day in your Social Security claim.

Appealing A Denial of Your Request for Reconsideration | Spring Hill Social Security Disability Attorney

You have been denied a second time.

You have two options. Give up (never) or appeal the denial of your Request for Reconsideration (always)!

So what do you have to do next? You must file a Request for Hearing within 60 days from the date of the Request for Reconsideration. If you don’t, you simply won’t get a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

You want that opportunity to tell the ALJ your story… but it is not the story you think you should tell.

When you were is school I am sure you had a teacher who wanted you to “tell them what they wanted to hear.”

It is the same thing when you are in front of the ALJ. You don’t want to tell them your story… you want to tell the ALJ the Social Security story and explain how you meet the criteria in the 5 steps we have talked about.

But, you won’t get to tell that story unless you timely file an appeal of the denial of your Request for Reconsideration. For more in-depth help contact our skilled attorneys here.

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