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Why Does the Disability Judge ask Hypothetical Questions to the VE?

The questions the judge asks the VE require a two step process.  First, the judge must consider how your medical conditions affect you physically and mentally by stating your residual functioning capacity (RFC).  Second, the judge looks at whether you could work despite those limitations.  The judge asks the VE hypothetical questions because they have […]

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Key Players at the Hearing: Vocational Experts

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Many individuals who are going to their Social Security hearing have never been to a hearing before and are unsure of what to expect. The way in which most people envision the hearing is generally very different from the place and manner in which the hearings are conducted. Unlike the typical television courtroom scene, a […]

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Vocational Experts: Can They Help Your Disability Case?

Vocational Experts (VEs) are intended to be impartial experts, meaning they are not out to prove or disprove your case.   Some VEs are actually independent.  They state their opinion and stick to it.  Other VEs let disability judges affect their testimony.  Judges can make it clear whether they want the VE to help them award […]

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What are the Grids?

The Grids are a set of rules that help simplify the disability determination process.  If your case falls directly under a Grid rule then that rule determines whether your case is denied or awarded.  The Grids help older disability claimants because they recognize that it becomes harder to adjust to new and different work as […]

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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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