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How Do I Impress the Social Security Judge?

How Do I Impress the Social Security Judge?

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked the question, how do I impress the Social Security Judge? In this video, Sharon Christie examines this question and provides you with the answer.

Official Transcript: How Do I Impress the Social Security Judge

Hi I’m Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for Social Security disability benefits. When you’re going to a hearing how do you impress the judge? The biggest rule is simple. Tell the truth that’s the first rule, the last rule, the most important rule, always tell the truth.

If you try to fudge on something. If you try to hide something. Believe me the judge is going to know what you’re doing. He or she are very experienced in assessing somebody’s credibility their believability (that’s what credibility is). But they also have all your medical records and there’s a lot of information in your medical records that really doesn’t directly relate to your medical condition, but talks about what you’re telling the doctor and a lot about your background. 

So, always tell the truth even if it feels uncomfortable. You want to be very respectful to a judge because you’re talking to a judge. You call the judge your honor, you want to be respectful in your dress. Now when I say that I don’t mean that you have to go out and buy a new outfit or get all dressed up. You don’t when you go to a disability hearing, you want to be comfortable, but make sure that your clothes are clean and neat it’s just a sign of respect and the judges look for that. 

You also want to make sure that you answer the questions. Now I know that can be hard to do sometimes because you have a lot of things that you want to talk about that you may feel are important but you have to listen to what the judge is asking you. The judge has reviewed your case, has reviewed your medical records, and has specific areas of questioning that they want to get to make sure you respect that and answer those questions. If there are other areas that need to be explored that the judge doesn’t ask about then your lawyer can ask you about that once the judge has finished his or her questioning. 

The Path to Social Security Disability Benefits with Sharon Christie Law

Step 1: Understanding Social Security’s Definition of Disabled

The definition of disabled, according to Social Security, is that you have severe limitations from your health problems that keep you from doing any kind of work for at least 12 consecutive months. This is the first thing we look at when evaluating your case. Your diagnosis is just the starting point. To get disability benefits for you, we must prove that your disabling condition causes severe limitations in your day to day activities.

Step 2: Medical Records in Your Disability Case

You must have medical evidence to prove your disability case. The most important evidence is your medical records that show your diagnosis, your symptoms, and your response to treatment.

Step 3: Don’t go it alone: How Sharon Christie Law Can Help You

At Sharon Christie Law, a Social Security Disability Law Firm, we recognize that no one ever plans to get so sick that they have to stop working. When you need to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits we recognize that you will be anxious about the process and whether you can qualify for disability benefits. Our goal at Sharon Christie Law is to help you win your case and give you the financial stability you need! Why work with us?

We do it all for you: At Sharon Christie Law we handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing your application through the hearing with a judge. We are with you every step of the way.  When working with us, you focus on feeling better, and we focus on winning your case.

We return your phone calls: We understand that you have many questions regarding Social Security Disability Benefits. We never want you to wonder what is happening with your case. We are here to answer your questions. All phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours. That is our promise to you.

We believe in client education: The Social Security Disability process is confusing. We think it is important that you understand each step in the process. So, we created a section on our website that is accessible only to clients. This client’s only section tells you everything you need to know about the disability process.