What Not to Say at Your Social Security Disability Hearing
- Don’t try to prove that you are a good person. Disability benefits are not given to people who are “good”—they are given to those who are deemed disabled. Some claimants will try to show the judge that they are virtuous people with good intentions. However, your Detroit disability lawyer is aware that this does not work and may even turn the judge against you if he senses you are trying to play on his sympathy.
- Do not state that you are an honest person. You do not need to say outright that you are an honest person. It is more effective to demonstrate your honesty by your thorough and truthful testimony. Telling the judge that you are honest may upset him or put you in a bad light.
- Don’t be dramatic. Do not attempt to exaggerate any symptoms or issues while testifying at the hearing. You may across as trying too hard and therefore not completely honest. Everything you say at the hearing is supposed to be truthful, so there is no need to put on a show. However, if you do experience an actual problem during the hearing, you may let the judge and your Detroit disability attorney know.
- Do not give unnecessary testimony. Disability cases have an entire list of things you are not able to mention while testifying. There are many things that the judge will ignore in deciding whether or not to award you disability benefits, so beware of the following:
- Do not mention that you are unable to find work.
- Do not mention that there is little work where you live.
- Do not mention that employers will not hire you for known reasons.
- Do not mention that technological changes in your work area have pushed you out of a job.
- Do not mention the bad economy.
- Do not mention lack of jobs.
- Do not mention the fact that no one will hire you.
- Do not mention that you do not want a specific job.
It also does not matter if a certain job does not pay enough for you to support yourself or your family.
Filing a disability claim can be a complicated and trying process. Let Detroit disability lawyer Marc J. Shefman answer any questions you may have. Call today at 248-298-3003.