QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR DISABILITY HEARING?
Are you wondering what questions the judge will ask at your disability hearing? Will you need to explain your impairments in court? Should you bring other witnesses to your disability hearing ? How long does the hearing take? Do you know at the end of the hearing if you have won disability benefits?
These are some of the many questions we hear every day at Cannon Disability Law. Everyone has a lot of questions prior their hearing. When you become our client we will answer all of your questions. Additionally, we will do our best to prepare you to testify at your hearing. Hopefully, some of your questions can be answered right now.
HOW LONG DOES THE HEARING TAKE?
Most hearings last one hour. Yes, there are times when the hearing is shorter and sometimes, it is longer. But, on average, you can plan to be in court for one hour. You will not be answering questions the entire hour, but you are the main witness.
During the hearing, you will answer questions from the judge. You will also answer questions from your attorney. If you have one. Additionally, it is possible that a medical expert could ask you some questions. The medical expert cannot make you perform tests or examine you. However, the doctor can ask you questions about your symptoms and your treatment.
Likewise, you may need to answer questions from a vocational expert about your past work experience. However, most of the time the vocational expert will only ask questions to clarify what you actually did at work on your past jobs. For example, the VE may ask about how many pounds you lifted during a normal work day. Likewise, the VE may ask how many hours you had to stand or sit. Be prepared to answer these types of questions.
WILL THERE BE QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDICAL EXPERT?
The medical expert and vocational expert are called as witnesses by the judge. They are paid by the SSA. However, they are supposed to offer objective testimony. That means, their testimony should be about your impairments or your work experience. Also, their testimony should not be swayed by either side of the case.
The medical expert might ask you questions about the symptoms of your disability. You might be asked how often your symptoms are occurring. Likewise, you might have to testify about how severe your symptoms are. Also, the medical expert might ask you about operations or procedures you have had in the past. Most of the time, however, medical experts only answer questions presented by the judge or attorney. Learn more here about the role of the medical expert at your hearing.
The medical expert’s testimony is based upon your medical records. If you do not have proper medical documentation, then you cannot win your hearing. For more information, read The Importance of Medical Records to the SSA.
WILL THERE BE QUESTIONS FROM THE VOCATIONAL EXPERT?
Just like the medical expert, the vocational expert appears at the hearing by the judge. However, the vocational expert can only offer testimony about vocational matters. The vocational expert can review your past work history. They can testify about your past jobs.
The vocational expert can also answer questions about how workers normally perform jobs. For example, they might testify about how many pounds you need to lift to be a construction worker. Likewise, they can testify about skills you need to perform certain jobs. For more information about vocational experts, read Why Is There a Vocational Expert Coming To My Hearing?
WHAT QUESTIONS WILL THE JUDGE ASK AT MY DISABILITY HEARING?
The judge needs to know the physical and mental symptoms that come from your disability. It is very important that you explain your symptoms using numbers and examples. So, if your back hurts, you cannot simply say “my back hurts.” Instead, you need to describe how back pain limits you.
For example, you could say that your back pain limits your ability to lift. Then, to explain it you could state, “I can’t lift more than ten pounds without feeling shooting pain. I can’t lift the dog food or the groceries anymore.” If you explain how your back pain limits you with numbers (less than 10) and an example (dog food), then the judge will understand your limitations. Find out more about the judge’s questions here. Also, find out what mistakes not to make at your hearing.
CANNON DISABILITY HAS THE EXPERIENCE YOU NEED TO WIN BENEFITS
At Cannon Disability Law, we have 30 years of experience helping clients win in court. We have won thousands of SSD and SSI cases. Don’t go to court without an attorney who understands Social Security law. Your future income is at stake. You need to hire a firm that is on your side and can help you win the benefits you deserve.
We offer a free consultation. Also, we can often tell you over the phone if we can help you win your disability benefits. We represent clients in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, California, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon. We can help you file your application for benefits at the Social Security website. Contact Cannon Disability Law today. Hire us to be your Social Security legal team.
You also need to hire an attorney without worrying about whether you can pay attorney fees. At Cannon Disability, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means if you do not win benefits, you do not owe an attorney fee. Therefore, hiring us to represent you creates no financial risk for you. If we win your SSD benefits, then the attorney fee comes from your back due benefit payments. Legal experience wins benefits. Hire the best Social Security Disability law firm near you. Contact us for help today.