Testifying before an administrative law judge at a Social Security disability hearing can be intimidating. However, our St. Charles Social Security disability attorney can prepare you for court so that you do not feel so overwhelmed.
Our St. Charles Social Security Disability Lawyer Provides an Overview of Questions the ALJ Might Ask
We have included examples of some of the questions the judge might ask although some of these might not be relevant to your case.
The judge will obtain general background information, including your name, address, birthdate and age when your disability started. They will want to know your Social Security number as well.
The judge will want to know what grade you completed in school. If you did not complete high school, the judge will ask if you have a G.E.D. They will also ask about your country of origin, your native language, the language you speak in your home and the languages you can read. They will also want to know where you went to school, when you came to the U.S. and who reads the mail at your residence. Our St. Charles Social Security disability attorney can clarify these questions for you.
Mental Health and Reading
The judge will ask if you attended regular classes or special education classes in school and what grades you received. They will also ask if you think you can read at an eighth grade level and if you can understand the newspaper after reading it. If you cannot read, they will want to know if you have a driver’s license, if you have applied for jobs, if someone else reads for you and who helped you fill out the SSA forms. Finally, they will want to know about your basic math skills.
Work Background and Training
The judge will also want to know details about any vocational training you may have completed or any on-the-job training you attended. They will also ask if you were in the military and if you attended training while there.
8 Mistakes to Avoid When Testifying
Are you nervous at the thought of testifying about your illness or disability before a Social Security disability judges? Our seasoned St. Charles social security disability attorney has worked with other clients in your situation. We have put together a list of eight common mistakes so that you know what to avoid in court.
Contact A St. Charles Social Security Disability Attorney
If you are uncertain about testifying before a judge, call our St. Charles Social Security disability attorney at (314) 812-4885 or (618) 343-0901. David M. Hicks will be glad to discuss your case with you and help you prepare for your SSD hearing.