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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