You've finally made it to the point of your Social Security Disability case where you will appear before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for a hearing to determine your eligibility for benefits. At the hearing, the ALJ will consider many different factors including your background, age, education, learning ability, past-work experience, medical history, physical/mental symptoms, residual functional capacity and general activities of daily living. It is important to have this information ready for the ALJ well in advance, so I always recommend my clients keep a daily journal. In your journal, it is a good idea to log any medical treatment you receive, how you feel on a daily basis and any difficulties you experience due to your disability.
The ALJ will also thoroughly review your medical records and work history. Prior to your hearing, it is important to make a list of all the jobs you worked 15 years prior to the date you are alleging disability. This list should include your title, type of industry (i.e., construction, general labor, retail, etc.), dates worked, dollars per hour, average hours per day, average days per week and the heaviest amount of weight lifted.
It is also important to make a list of all the medical providers (i.e., physicians, clinics, hospitals, counselors, social workers, physical therapists, etc.) you've seen after the date you are alleging disability. This list should include the name of the provider and/or clinic, condition(s) treated (i.e., back pain, headaches, etc.), approximate date first treated, approximate date last treated, treatment received (i.e., surgery, medication management, counseling, etc.) and any tests ordered (i.e., x-ray, CT scan, MRI, EKG, stress test, etc.).
If you need representation for your Social Security Disability Hearing, call Representative Cody D. Ricks at (435) 200-5352 today. I have experience in winning both physical and mental cases at all levels of the application process.
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