What to expect at my hearing

Hey everybody, God bless! Just thankful to see another day. I thank the Lord I fondly got a hearing date Sept. 27, I first filed in June 2010 I have an advocate to represent me but I was wondering what to expect at the hearing. I'm a little worried lol I know God said He will never put more on me than I can bear and He promised to take care of my every need. Just wanted some insight. Everybody be blessed and enjoy all your good days because they out way the bad ones. This too shall come to pass. To God be the glory. Amen

Edited September 24, 2011 at 1:04 am

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If it's an SSDI hearing it's really simple. Pretty much a formality. I'm glad you were able to get a hearing so quickly, I had to wait almost 3 years for my hearing but that was back in 1994 so maybe the system is moving more quickly now.

The hearing only lasted about 20 - 30 minutes. I had a lawyer but he couldn't say anything, he just advised me ahead of time to be specific about how each of your answers about your health shows how it affects your everyday life and your inability to hold down a job, emphasis on affecting your ability to work at any type of job.

There was a vocational doctor at the hearing who testified that there were no jobs that I'd be able to do so that pretty much sealed the deal. I think I got a letter in about a month with the outcome, but my lawyer told me when we walked out of the room that I got it.

Just be yourself, don't try to rest up so that you are less tired than normal, let the judge see you as you are on a bad day, not how you are on your best day. I'm not saying to exaggerate, just don't over-compensate in the other direction because it will go against you to do what we try to do most days and put on an outward appearance that we feel much better than we do. Let the judge see you from the inside out if you know what I mean.

Best of luck, and try not to worry. Let us know how things go.

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Brotherd,
I sincerely hope that all goes well at your hearing! God Bless!

Debbie

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I hope that your advocate is as good at telling your what and how to answer questions at the hearing as my SSDI lawyer was. It's is all about what to say and what NOT to say.

The SSDI lawyer I had resubmitted all of the doctors reports with better and correct detail. To quote the lawyer, "I know what they should have said which is not to say that they don't know what they're saying, but they don't know how to express it so that the judge can understand it". Kind of like what ex-president Nixon said, "What I said is not what I meant to say".

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Best of luck to you on your hearing. I have alot of other things going on besides scleroderma like real bad stenosis in my back in three areas and neuropathy in all four extremities. I applied the end of April and was approved in August. I did not have to go to a hearing but they sent me to a doctor for an exam and the end results is I am not able to work. I hope that SSD can get educated better as to what some of us go thru on a daily basis with this disease so we don't have to go thru so much to try to get SSD. It is hard enough on some of us to have to stop working. I am having a difficult time with it myself. I have always been such a hard worker and now it takes me literally all day to clean my house. I have to stop after each room and rest. SOB and pain. SSD doesn't seem to be educated enough on effects of this disease on people or they would not have to go thru what they do.
Again, best of luck.

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my ssi went strait through. it was denied and i got an advocate then it was put through. no hearing for me. it took a total of 7mo. im being garnished 40% but it sure is helping. good luck! jesse

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I had my hearing a year ago and it was very easy. The judge asked me what it was like to be sick and I told him. I also told him I'd give my left arm to work if I could and he said he could tell that from the jobs I had had - that I had a consistent record of working since I was 15 until the time when scleroderma made it impossible. The vocational guy also said there were no jobs I could work. My lawyer didn't say much. The judge offered us a settlement - what date for my disability to begin - and we accepted it and that was that. There was a formality wait of 30 days then it was official. Good luck to you. As someone has already said, just be yourself and tell it like it is.

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Thanks and God bless everyone for your input. I really appreciate all the love, support and encouragement. Continue to pray for me and mines as I pray for you and yours. This too shall come to pass. To God be the glory. Enjoy this day that He has made and be glad in it. Brother D

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I had my hearing 2 years ago, but I still remember how nerve-wracking it was beforehand! Your advocate should be a great help in guiding you through it. The advocate will probably advise you to answer the question simply and honestly, and not to add a lot of details. A doctor (either in person or on the phone) who does not know you but has reviewed your medical records will give his assessment of your condition and your ability (or inability) to work. If your advocate doesn't suggest meeting early with you to give you some coaching on what to expect, you might want to request that. It made me feel much more at ease going in before the judge.
Best of luck to you! You will be in my prayers!

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I too have my hearing in Nov. I filed in April 2010. Very nervous wish it was already over!!! God gives me strength everyday!!! He'll give me the strength i need to get through!!!:) Good Luck to you Brother D. Lookin forward to hearing your outcome!

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Your lawyer will help you out with how to answer the questions the judge will ask you. The judge asks questions and basically they are yes or no answers because she will have the paperwork the lawyer submitted to the court. Then you will have a chance to speak for yourself when the judge asks if there is anything you would to say in your favor.

It's about 30 minutes and you're in a room with the judge, a court reporter (it's being recorded) and your lawyer. Your lawyer isn't allowed to say anything. The lawyer should advise you before you go into the room with the judge.

It is nerve racking for sure....but if your lawyer does this type of thing on a regular basis, he/she should be well prepared with what information was needed for this kind of case.

Good luck to you and keep us posted!

Cava :)

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Good luck at your hearing. I was told to answer honestly and briefly when the judge asked me a question. I did just tat and it was no pain at all. The judge was very kind and understanding. My lawyer was not allowed to speak. A vocational specialist answered questions for the judge about my ability to hold down a job. It was over in 15-20 minutes and I knew I had won my case within 2 weeks I had the document.
Kat

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I am concerned about what happens to my son's self-esteem if he gets the SSDI. He is not able to work as a musician with the stiffened hands and painful wrists from the sclero but manages to schedule music groups for rehearsal space and earn enough to pay his rent. If he gets the SSDI would he have to stop doing that and be totally dependent? He does not want that but does not have enough to pay all of his expenses. How do we find an advocate to help weigh all these questions????

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I'll be praying for you on the 27th.

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brotherd
Don't worry as this is the norm for most going through the process for SSDI. You're going to be fine and get approved...hugsxx

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Praise God really feeling encourage about this. Thanks too all and God bless. I did what King Hezekiah did when he was treading by Sennacherib king of Assyria. I laid my letter at the alter at church today and prayed to God. Amen. I'm very confidence that this too shall come to pass. To God be the glory now and forevermore. Thanks once again for all the love and prayers. Lets continue to pray for one another.

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brotherd and bkappy I said a prayer that God's will be done in your life. Just be yourself and cover yourself in prayer.

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Thanks to each and everyone of yall for all your prayers and encouraging words. It went real well advocate said my testimony was great and judge or the vocational expert had no question. Vocational expert also testify that there is no jobs out there that I can do. Judge will review everything and make a decision and mail it to me. Praise God, Hallelujah and Amen.

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Good luck to you!! Sounds like you will get approved.

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I'm glad it went well. I said another prayer for justice. :)

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Brother Ed how you making out? I am doing fine, one day at a time. Did you go to the conference?

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