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What should I not say at my Social Security Disability Hearing?

What should I not say at my Social Security Disability Hearing?

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked the question, What should I not say at my Social Security Disability Hearing? In this video, Sharon Christie examines this question and provides you with the answer.

Official Transcript: What should I not say at my Social Security Disability Hearing

Hi I’m Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for social security disability benefits. Clients will ask me all the time what should I not say at a hearing, and you know I don’t approach cases that way. We look at what should you be saying. 

You should be telling the truth number one. I mean that’s obvious you’re under oath and if you’re not telling the truth you know that’s perjury. So, you’re under oath absolutely tell the truth. What I caution my clients about is not listening to the question. That happens a lot where they hear part of the question and think they know what the judge is asking and then go off on a tangent that really doesn’t answer the question at all. Or somebody feels like I know the judge asked me about x problem, but he really or she really needs to know about y problem and that’s what I’m going to talk about.

Don’t do that because all it does is you go off on a tangent you’re not as answering the judge’s question. The judge is asking about things that he or she really wants to know about. In my experience most of the judges are very well-prepared coming into the hearings. They have reviewed all of your medical records. They know what your diagnoses are, they know what the record records say. about how you’ve been treated, and how you’ve responded. So, you don’t have to get into you know what I was diagnosed with this problem or that problem you don’t need to get into that at all.

What the judge needs to hear is how does that problem affect you and you also have to remember that these hearings are pretty laser focused. They can be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 60 minutes. They typically don’t go beyond 60 minutes. So, you have a limited period of time to get your points across. So, what you don’t want to do is stay focused on the things that you think the judge needs to know because he or she may already know that.

You want to talk to your lawyer about this before the hearing certainly and get prepared before the hearing. If there are issues that you think are extremely important talk to your lawyer about that. Discuss whether that’s really going to be that pertinent to getting you a favorable decision. I have lots of conversations with clients where there are issues that they think are extremely important. What I tell them is look you can mention that if you want but we don’t want to focus on that because that’s not going to help you and help the judge to decide that you in fact are disabled and unable to work. Here’s the things that we want to focus on and we’ll go over that. So, you want to make sure that you are telling the truth. That you listen to the question and answer the questions. If there are areas that that you think are really important and need to be discussed talk to your lawyer about that. 

The other thing I tell clients is you know relax. They’re very worried what if I forget about this or I forget about that. Don’t worry about that is what I tell them because I have an opportunity to ask questions and if there are things that the judge doesn’t ask about that we agree are important to talk to the judge about I’ll be sure to ask you about those things. So, that’s why it’s really important that you discuss all of this with your lawyer before the hearing and make sure that you’re well prepared. The number one rule always is tell the truth. 

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.