What Background Questions Are Asked at the Social Security Disability Hearing?

At the Social Security disability hearing either the judge or your attorney will ask the following general questions regarding your background and biographical information such as –

Your name?
Your date of birth?
Your marital status?
Does your spouse work?
Do you have minor children?
Highest grade completed in school?
Ever serve in the military?
Your current source of income?
Do you have health insurance or Medicaid?
What is your height and weight?
Do you have a valid driver’s license?

These may seem like rather innocuous straight forward questions but your answers may have unintended consequences. For example if you testified that you have three children under age six at home that you take care of during the day the Social Security judge may consider this evidence that you do not have severe impairments that prevent you from working and use this as a basis in denying your claim. Or if you testify that you have health insurance but your medical records indicate that you did not seek much medical treatment for your medical onditions the judge may rule that your medical conditions are not severe and disabling enough to prevent you from working and deny your Social Security disability claim. However, for example, if applicable and truthful, you further explained to the judge that your mother in law lives a block away and helps with the children everyday and that you only had health insurance coverage the last three months then this puts the evidence in a better light and would be more favorable for the claimant.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

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