How to Prepare for Your Disability Hearing

Your attorney will do most of the work for your Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income hearing, but there are definitely things you can do to make sure that you are helping your lawyer help you.

When you are able to articulate in an accurate, effective and reliable fashion why you are eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits, your case is stronger than if you are wishy-washy, complain, contradict yourself or otherwise give the judge a reason to believe that you may not be giving him or her the truth or the facts as they exist in reality.

These tips should help you make your best effort for your SSDI or SSI hearing:

  • Ask your attorney to help you address the judge: Judges deserve a formal address and an extremely respectful manner. Use the terms “Judge” or “Your Honor.” Ask your lawyer if he or she knows about the judge’s style. The judge is a person you need to convince, so knowing about him or her may help you prepare for challenging questions.
  • Be ready to explain your main issue clearly and briefly: An example of this might be a statement like, “Last year I was diagnosed with a herniated disc that rests on my sciatic nerve. I am unable to sit down, bend or reach and I take several hundred of milligrams of painkillers every day to manage the pain. I am unable to sleep for more than 3 hours at a time because of radiating nerve pain.”
  • Understand how to explain your capacity for certain activities: If you can only lift 5 pounds because of an issue with muscular strength, be ready to communicate that. If you can only walk for a few steps, explain that. Say things like, “I can only lift five pounds” or “I cannot walk more than four or five steps at a time.” Vague statements like, “Not much” or “I’m not sure” or “It’s bad” are unhelpful.
  • Know the pain scale: Doctors and health professionals use a pain scale of 1-10 that communicates levels of pain intensity. SSDI and SSI judges know the scale.

Speak to a disability lawyer in West Tennessee today

A Memphis disability attorney at Byrd & Byrd, Attorneys at Law, PLLC can help you with all aspects of the Social Security disability claims process. Put yourself in our steady and experienced hands and allow a Tennessee Social Security disability attorney from our firm fight for the best possible outcome for you. We are located at 116 North Church St., 4th Floor Jackson, TN 38301.

Your attorney will do most of the work for your Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income hearing, but there are definitely things you can do to make sure that you are helping your lawyer help you.

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