When a Social Security Disability hearing date has been set, our office will often schedule a face-to-face meeting or teleconference with you a few days before your hearing. At that meeting we will explain, specifically, the type of questions that will be asked. We often do a “simulated hearing” where I ask the questions that I expect the Judge will be interested in and allow my client to answer as if we were in the hearing. That gives us an opportunity to critique the testimony and give tips regarding the best way to explain answers to the Law Judge.
In the Albany, NY/Capital District Area, each and every Law Judge will routinely ask a question regarding your ability to perform routine daily activities. Some Judge’s will ask you to explain in detail how a typical day in your life unfolds, from the time you wake up in the morning until the time you go to bed at night. This question often elicits the most telling response for the Law Judge in making a decision in your case. It can be helpful for you to write out an answer or at least make notes regarding the particulars of your daily activities. Sometimes it is difficult to remember all of the minute-to-minute, hour to hour difficulties that you may have as a result of your disability. Because you have lived with them for so long, they have become a way of life. It is important that the Judge hears all of the details regarding your daily activities and limitations. Making a list is a good way to remember them all.
In preparing for your hearing, there is no limit to the number of questions or types of questions that a particular Law Judge may ask you. Nonetheless, we will thoroughly prepare you for your Social Security hearing so that you will be in the best position to receive a favorable decision.