If you have a Social Security disability hearing coming up, you are probably anticipating a great number of questions about your impairment, your symptoms, and your daily activities. You should also be prepared to answer questions about your work history and your educational background. You must be able to explain why, given your education and work history, you can no longer do the easiest job you have held in the past 15 years. If you cannot do this, your claim for disability benefits may be denied.
I advise my Detroit disability clients to be prepared to answer questions similar to the following:
Q: Tell me all the significant jobs you’ve held in the past 15 years. For each job:
Q: Describe your job duties.
Q: How much weight were you required to lift on the job?
Q: How many hours each workday did you spend sitting, standing and walking?
Q: Did you have any difficulties performing your duties in any past job because of your health? Tell me about that.
Q: Why did you leave each of your former jobs?
Q: Describe your job skills. [Caution: It is very easy to exaggerate in response to this question and to “puff up your resume,” so to speak. Avoid that common pitfall. Describe your skills accurately and honestly.]
Q: How long do you think it would take an average person to learn to do each of your previous jobs? [If the judge asks this question, he is trying to get a sense of the degree of skill involved in a particular job.]
Q: What is the highest grade you completed in school?
Q: Did you receive any training in the military?
Q: Have you had any formal vocational training or on-the-job training? [Note: If you have recently completed schooling or training that might qualify you for a skilled job, this is an important piece of information. Make sure your Detroit disability lawyer is aware of this fact.]
If you would like to talk about your upcoming hearing, and you are not currently represented by a Detroit disability attorney, please contact me.