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Disability Hearings: The “Do's and Don’ts” of Testifying

When it comes to providing testimony at your disability hearing, Springfield Disability Lawyerthere are a few things that your Springfield disability lawyer will advise you to keep in mind when doing so. For instance, do not attempt to show the administrative law judge that you are an upstanding person, because benefits are only given to the disabled, not the most virtuous. Sometimes, disability claimants bring up things relative to their good nature in an effort to try to play on the judge’s compassion. However, this doesn’t work and may be detrimental to your case; don’t do it.

Moreover, there is no need for you to spell out just how honest a person you are to the judge. If you are honest, it will be clearly shown by the truthfulness of your testimony on the relevant matters of the case. Also, do not act overly dramatic. The objective of the hearing is for you to give the judge a truthful account of your injuries and ailments so that he or she can make an informed decision regarding your case. Putting on a show for the judge equates to not telling the truth for purposes of the hearing; so again, don’t do it. However, if you are actually experiencing a problem during the hearing and you need to stop and take a break, you should inform your lawyer and the judge.

Another mistake that people make when testifying is that they tend to give irrelevant testimony. This certainly will not help you in your case. The Social Security regulations list the irrelevant areas of testimony that the judge cannot and will not consider when deciding your case. Those areas include the fact that you cannot get work, the lack of work in your immediate area, the hiring practices of area employers, the changes in technology in the industry in which you have worked in the past, and the fact that there are no job openings. Also, it is of no consequence that a certain job doesn’t pay enough to maintain a life for you and your family.

If you believe that you would benefit from the services of an experienced Springfield disability lawyer, please contact us for a free consultation.

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