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What Medical Questions Are Asked At The Social Security Disability Hearing?

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

At the Social Security disability hearing the claimant will be asked about their medical conditions, illnesses and injuries by the judge or their attorney, such as:

Describe your illness/injury/condition
Do you experience pain?
Where? How often? How severe?
Do you take medications to relieve pain?
Do you receive regular medical treatment?
What types of treatment?
Medications? Physical therapy? Counseling?
Any side effects from medications?
Have you ever been treated for a mental condition?
Depression? Anxiety? Schizophrenia?
Have you had any hospital ER visits?
Any hospitalizations?
Any surgeries?

When testifying it is most beneficial to give detailed information regarding your disabling medical conditions that prevent you from working so the Social Security disability judge can assess the severity of your medical conditions in determining whether to award you Social Security disability benefits.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

Mental Conditions and Social Security Disability

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

If you suffer from mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar or schizophrenia it is better to treat with a specialist such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health counselor rather than from a primary care physician (PCP). A specialists medical records, findings and opinions carry greater weight with the Social Security Administration when determining if you are disabled than those from non-specialists such as a PCP or family doctor.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney