Making the Best Impression at Your Trial

The impression you make on the Social Security Judge or the Workers’ Compensation Arbitrator can make a big difference in your case.

The Judge will be determining whether you are telling the truth.

Much of this depends on first impressions, how believable is your story, and how it coincides with your medical records.

If you are mean, disrespectful, or nonresponsive to the Judge, then you can be expect to be denied.

Judges are human and they have much power over you and your case.

So make sure that you are polite, respectful and listen carefully to the questions and answer appropriately.

Your story must make sense.

For instance, if you tell the Judge you cannot work but spend much of the day volunteering or engaging in physically draining activities do not expect to the Judge to believe you are disabled.

If you are caught on surveillance video engaged in dancing, lifting heavy loads or working on a roof do not expect the Arbitrator to look favorably on your case.

Your medical records must also support your testimony.

This means you must go to the doctor as needed and explain your problems and limitations.

Questions about making your case strong as possible? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.