Social Security Disability Administrative Law Judge

Mar 24, 2011 No Comments by

Having a Social Security disability Administrative Law Judge hearing makes people very nervous. I tell my clients that having a Social Security disability Administrative Law Judge hearing is about as stressful as getting your drivers license renewed.

Each Administrative Law Judge hears around 50 cases a month. They are not looking for high drama. They are looking to hear why you feel you are disabled. Follow the old KISS rule — Keep It Simple Stupid.

Each Social Security disability Administrative Law Judge hearing will be different because each case is different but there are some things you can expect. You will be asked simple questions such as your name, address, date of birth and educational background.  You will also be asked about your jobs in the last 15 years. That’s a long way to go back and people have trouble remembering. Maybe you should think about this one before your hearing. You’ll be asked about what is wrong with you medically. The Administrative Law Judge will be particularly interested in how your medical condition impacts your ability to work. The big question at your Social Security disability Administrative Law Judge  hearing is why you can’t work. Why is it that your bad knee and bad back keep you from working? Could you do something different that what you used to do? Why would your bipolar disorder keep you from working? Some people with bipolar disorder work; some don’t; how does your bipolar disorder keep you from working? You can also expect to be asked about your daily activities and whether you do activities such as housework.

The key thing with your Social Security disability Administrative Law Judge hearing is to answer the questions truthfully. Be honest with the Judge. Be honest with yourself. Don’t pretend that you can do more than you can actually do. Don’t pretend that you can do less than you can actually do. If the truth won’t win your case, a lie isn’t likely to work.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.