How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Hearing: Part 4

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For instance, if your disability affected you handling your finances, concentration, focus, or memory loss.  This information is vital to the Administrative Law Judge because it would prove to have extreme difficulty in performing many types of jobs.

It will be helpful to ask a family member or friend who assists you to be a witness at your Social Security Disability court hearing or write a letter on your behalf and get it notarize.

Don’t Be Embarrassed to Discuss your Impairment

Whatever your impairment is, the Administrative Law Judge and the vocational expert will discuss any information that is highly personal at the disability hearing.  Often disability claimants feel understandably embarrassed by symptoms of their treatments they have experienced, procedures, test, and their disease.  It is common to be embarrassment especially with people who suffer from HIV or certain types of hepatitis, mental illness, or impairments that change lifestyle choices.

It is very important to remember that the Administrative Law Judges hear hundreds of testimonies a year from disability claimants with every believable disability, and it is the Judge’s job to decide whether you meet all the requirements for Social Security Administration’s definition of disability.  So set aside any embarrassment so you are able to provide the Judge with clear and accurate answers so your claim can be determined fairly. 

Be Honest and Don’t Overstate your Answers

This is very important, answer an Administrative Law Judge’s questions with honesty.  Do not make your symptoms sound worse than they really are because of having a better chance at winning your Social Security Disability claim.  However, overstating your disability can have an opposite effect.  Always remember the Judge’s hear hundreds of cases a year.  The Administrative Law Judge are trained well in recognizing when a claimant is magnifying the truth.

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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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Congressional Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham Escorted from Albuquerque’s Social Security Office: Part 2

 

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They asked Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham to leave the Albuquerque’s Social Security Office building.  After a few more minutes the officers booted Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham from the building by escorting her and the 90-year-old woman out and then held a conversation with her.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham said it was done purposefully and deliberately.

However, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham spent her last day trying to get a reason why they treated her and the 90-year-old woman in that manner from the Federal Protective Services, A division of the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration, with no luck of getting an explanation.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham took action on Twitter after the incident occurred and started to blast the departments she contacted for an explanation of the treatment they received.

Just think if they treated Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham in that manner, imagine how they treat every single beneficiary that comes into the Albuquerque’s Social Security Office.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham vowed that the fight is not over yet because she is going to file formal complaints against the Albuquerque’s Social Security Office and would like a full investigation and explanation of the incident occurred from the Office of the Inspector General completed ASAP.

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