How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Hearing: Part 3

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Be Prepared to Explain Bad Facts about Your Medical Records

Sometimes medical records can contain bad facts.  Unfortunately, bad facts can certainly hurt your case if not handled properly.  One common problem is when people suffer from chronic pain is excessive on pain medication.

In some cases, medical records may indicate the claimant suffer from narcotic dependency or suspicion of abusing pain medication.  The worst thing a claimant can do is deny the problem and blame it on the medical provider.  The best answer you can give is to be truthful about the problem with pain medication and you are getting treatment for the dependency that will switch or reduced medication to minimize the possibility of medication drug addiction.

Paint a Clear Picture of Your Everyday Living

Administrative Law Judges frequently ask disability claimants “how their lives change the onset date of your impairment.”  Give a detailed and descriptive answer to this questions because it can be quite helpful in winning your Social Security Disability claim, especially when a Judge is undecided about how to decide your case.  For instance, if you used to work in the garden, play cards with friends, no longer enjoy activities, go to church every weekend, you need to tell this to the Administrative Law Judge.  Also, explain how your disability has affected activities like watching television reading books or newspapers.  Describe how your chronic pain occurs with concentration to interact with people who are no longer can due to inactive activates.  These things are very important information for an Administrative Law Judge to know in order to give him or her an insight on how you may function in a job setting.

Let the Administrative Law Judge know you need help in your day-to-day life this is very important for the Judge.  For example, if you need assistance from friends or family members with any other activity of daily living, grocery shopping, bill paying, cleaning, laundry, describe what help you receive and how often do you receive help and why you need the assistance.

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  1. Please need help my husband was approved ten months ago his lawyer tried stealing all his money Maryland ssi office cut the lawyer a check gor183,000$ thank God the judge found out and had him arrested yet that was eight months ago and still my husband still has not received one penny he has been approved by three judges over eight years Please someone can you help us we are willing to pay Rhode Island is very corrupt we need help our son was murdered during a hoe invasion I was shot three times and I am very sick and so is my husband. Thank you

    • Dear Lorie:

      I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s Attorney stealing all of his SSI back pay. Lorie, I can only give you opinions of what I would do if I were in your shoes because I am not an attorney. I am a self-taught Social Security Disability Advocate.

      Did your Attorney belong to a Law firm, if so go after them and call the Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 and let them know too?

      Call your local Rhode Island Attorney General to tell them about your husband Social Security Disability Attorney stole all of his back pay and what can you do at this point about it. Below are two phone numbers to the Office of the Attorney General.

      Peter Kilmartin
      Office of the Attorney General
      150 South Main Street
      Providence, Rhode Island 02903
      (401) 274-4400

      Regional Office of Attorney General
      (Kent County Courthouse)
      222 Quaker Lane
      Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
      Phone: (401) 822-6800

      Lorie contact the Acting U.S. Attorney General, Sally Q Yates and lets her know what happen with your husband’s back pay. Contact information is below:

      Sally Q Yates
      Acting U.S Attorney General
      1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW # 409
      Washington, DC 20004
      Phone: (202) 727-3400

      Contact your local Senator Jack Reed and inform him what happen. Contact information is below:

      PROVIDENCE
      Senator Jack Reed
      U.S. District Courthouse
      One Exchange Terrace
      Suite 408
      Providence, RI 02903-1744
      T: (401) 528-5200
      F: (202) 224-4680
      TDD (800) 745-5555

      WASHINGTON, DC
      Senator Jack Reed
      728 Hart Senate Office Building
      Washington, DC 20510
      T: (202) 224-4642
      F: (202) 224-4680

      Also, contact your Congressman David N. Cicilline and inform him your husband’s Attorney took off with all of his Social Security Disability back pay. Contact information is below:

      Washington, DC
      Congressman David N. Cicilline
      2244 Rayburn HOB
      Washington, DC 20515
      Phone: 202-225-4911
      Fax: (202) 225-3290

      Pawtucket
      Congressman David N. Cicilline
      1070 Main Street, Suite 300,
      Pawtucket, RI 02860
      Phone: 401-729-5600
      Fax: 401-729-5608

      Lorie, I hope this information help you and your husband. I am so sorry to hear about your son was murdered and you was shot. I know nothing can ever replace your son, but in do time you can cope better with your son passing.

      Lorie If you know anyone who is struggling with their Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income appeal case or initial claim please refer them to step by step self-help eBook called “How to win your Social Security Disability without an Attorney.” This eBook will take you step by step to get your appeal case reviewed and onto a Decision Writer’s desk for a decision without a schedule court date hearing and an attorney. Improve your chances of getting approved for your SSDI or SSI initial claim. Also, check out our website blog articles and please give your comment or feedback. I am formally inviting you to go on my website http://www.socialsecuritydisabilityandyou.com) 943-3100

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