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Why is a Vocational Expert Coming to Your Disability Hearing?

A Vocational Expert (VE) is present at most Social Security disability hearings.  VEs are persons who are knowledgeable about the physical and mental demands of work and the numbers of particular jobs in the nation and your region.  Usually they have worked for programs that try to place people with disabilities into jobs. The disability […]

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Limitations That Help in Any Job Anywhere

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When you testify at your disability hearing about your limitations that contribute to your disability you should prioritize the message, and tell the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) about your biggest problems first.  Save the minor problems for the bottom of your list to keep the judge’s attention and maintain your credibility.  You should also focus […]

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If You Can Not Return to Past Work Are You Disabled?

In most cases Social Security must decide that you cannot do your past work or other work before awarding you disability benefits.  However, depending on your age, you might qualify just by showing you cannot perform your past work. If you are age 49 or younger you will have to show you cannot do your […]

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RFC (Residual Functioning Capacity): What is it?

Your residual functioning capacity (RFC) is what you can still do, both physically and mentally, despite your medical problems.  Social Security considers all of the evidence in your case to estimate your RFC.  This evidence includes your medical records, your testimony, and written statements in your application and other disability forms. An RFC is a […]

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If You Cannot Keep a Job You May Be Disabled

In order to prove that you are disabled you have to prove that there is not any job you can do that exists in significant numbers in the national economy if you were hired to do that job. It’s not enough to prove that you couldn’t get hired.  If the standard for disability were to […]

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What is Past Relevant Work (PRW)?

If SSA decides you do not meet a listing, then your case proceeds on to step four of the five-step disability evaluation process.  At step four Social Security considers whether you can return to your Past Relevant Work, or “PRW” for short. Social Security will ask you for details about your past work at the […]

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