The specific nature of your case will determine the amount of questioning you’ll be asked about your medical history. A Detroit Social Security disability attorney will explain that your medical records are what will establish your medical history.
Records vs. Testimony
You will generally not be asked to give detailed testimony about your medical history, as a Detroit Social Security disability lawyer would explain, as the Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ, usually reads your medical history and has notes on your case.
Plateaus of Your Disability Are Key Aspects
A basic requirement for being declared disabled is that your condition must have lasted for 12 months. A Detroit Social Security disability attorney would have you understand that the importance of the plateaus of your disability and not the highs and lows you’ve experienced with your disability.
Testifying on Unique Aspects of Your Medical History
What a Detroit Social Security disability attorney will attest to is how the medical history establishes a time frame for which to develop your testimony about your plateaus. There can be cases when the types of treatment are exceptional, especially when involving pain, or for someone with uncommon impairments. A Detroit Social Security disability lawyer would advise on how your testimony could provide more development of the medical history.
With the sometimes enigmatic technical jargon in the medical records, a Detroit Social Security disability attorney would view your testimony as a means of educating the ALJ about your disability.
Specific Types of Questions Asked
To help give clarity to your medical history, a Detroit Social Security disability lawyer will tell you that specific questions would be asked to help guide your testimony. The date of your injury would be established along with acknowledging that you have not returned to work since the injury.
Recognizing that your condition had progressively gotten worse, the number of medical tests you received to evaluate your condition and any dates of surgeries would be asked for the record. If surgery took place, your recovery time and functioning ability after recovery are recognized.
A Detroit Social Security disability attorney would help you establish the date your doctor reported your condition had plateaued to the worker’s compensation insurance carrier and your acknowledgement that your symptoms have remained the same as they were on that date.
Current Treatments Will Be Addressed
By the advice of a Detroit Social Security disability attorney, the full focus should not be on just the medical history but questions should be provided on what current treatments are being followed.
Your attorney will want to establish the names and specialties of those treating you, how long you have received treatment form each discipline; the frequency of each treatment; the specific condition that each doctor or therapist specifically is addressing and; what particular type of procedure is being used to treat the condition.
Your testimony about how effective the treatments have been for you, the medications you take, how often and how much medication is taken helps demonstrate your current condition. Any associated side effects you experience along with your view on how well and how long the medication has helped you presents a more complete picture of your condition now. It would also be important to address if no regular medications or treatments are being used and why.
Having experienced legal representation on your side for your SSD hearing can help you to provide clear, supportive testimony to support and explain your medical history and current condition. To arrange for a consultation with a Detroit Social Security disability attorney, call the law office of Marc J. Shefman at 248-298-3003 today.