How to Testify at Your Hearing

The key to testifying at any court hearing, whether it be Social Security Disability or Workers’ Compensation, is to be believable.

The Judge has to decide if you are making sense in light of the medical records, injury reports, and doctors’ testimony.

You will need to get an idea of the questions you will be asked at the hearing.

You should contact your attorney to discuss the areas of questioning and why the questions are being asked.

This will help you prepare for your court hearing.

Make sure to practice at home so you will be ready for big day.

People may error in the excess, such as testifying that they are always in pain and can do nothing at all. Others will testify that they are better than they really are and can do all kinds of activities.

Neither extremes are believable.

What the Judge wants to know is what happens on a typical day. You may also testify about what happens on bad days and better days. Be prepared to give an estimate of the number of bad and better days that you experience.

Additional witnesses or letters of support may also support your testimony.

Questions about how to make your case more believable? Feel free to contact Illinois Work injury and Social Security Disability attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Fetal Alcohol Disorder is a Major Problem and may result in SSI benefits

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Children with Fetal Alcohol Disorder may be eligible for SSI benefits. It all depends on the severity of the child’s condition. Check with a children’s SSI lawyer.

What Dealing with Social Security is Like

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It takes a lot of time and patience to work with Social Security. There are many moving parts, and not enough people to perform the tasks necessary to reduce the case backlog and speed up disability payments.

Social Security Disability Facts

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If you think you can no longer work make sure to contact an experienced Social Security lawyer right away.

Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo

Source: Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo

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Downright depressing.

It takes a very long time to get a hearing if you are denied benefits at the first two levels. It takes another 16 to 18 months to get a hearing, and over one year to hear from the Appeals Council if you lose at the hearing. I do not understand how people do it.