What Is A Social Security Disability Hearing Like? — Part II

Jul 13, 2011 Comments Off on What Is A Social Security Disability Hearing Like? — Part II by

More on your Social Security hearing:

Answer: Yes. You’re the star witness. You know how you feel better than anyone. Remember, that I’m talking about you testifying. You don’t make any speeches. Just answer the questions you’re asked as best you can.

Question: What if I say something wrong?

Answer: The only thing you can say that is wrong is a lie. Just tell the truth. If the truth isn’t going to win your case, then your case probably couldn’t be won anyway. If you make a simple slip of the tongue, I’ll just ask you another question or two to give you a chance to get it straight.

Question: What if I forget something?

Answer: No big deal. Just say ” I don’t remember” or “I don’t know.” Never make up an answer.

Question: What if I start crying?

Answer: People cry in Social Security hearings all the time. There will be a box of tissue on the table in front of you. Honestly, it’s no big deal.

Question: What if I need to stand up?

Answer: Stand up. You don’t have to ask anyone’s permission. Just stand up. No one will be surprised. It happens all the time. Just don’t wander too far away from the microphone.

Question: What’s this about a microphone?

Answer: The microphone is to record your voice. The room is small enough that everyone can hear everyone else easily without amplification.

Question: Will the judge tell me whether I win or lose?

Answer: You probably won’t be told on the day of the hearing whether you’ve won. You’ll get that information later.

Question: Want some more information to help you?

Answer: Take a look at the picture up above. Notice that fancy white seal on the wall behind and above the judge? You may see one of those in your hearing room. It’s make of molded, painted styrofoam. Seriously. It weighs about an ounce.

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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.