Testifying About Stress at Your Ocala Disability Benefits Hearing

Posted on May 16, 2011 by cjblog

The hearing stage in a Social Security disability benefits claim is perhaps the most important stage in the disability process. It is the first opportunity for the Social Security Administration to question you in person and gauge your credibility. In fact, although most Social Security disability claimants are denied benefits after filing their initial application, those who appeal through the hearing stage are approved more than half of the time. An experienced Ocala disability lawyer can help you improve your chances even more.

Your lawyer will provide guidance about the types of questions you are likely to be asked and how to answer them in a way that gives the administrative law judge enough information to find that you are disabled. This is just a general overview of some of the things you may be asked about if you claim that stress contributes to your inability to work.

What Aspects of Work Are Stressful?

  • Getting to work?
  • Staying at work for a full day?
  • Meeting deadlines?
  • Needing to work with speed and precision?
  • Making decisions or exercising independent judgment?
  • Dealing with the public?
  • Dealing with coworkers?
  • Being criticized by supervisors or just knowing that work is supervised?
  • Fear of failure?

What Are Your Stress Symptoms?

  • Panic?
  • A feeling of doom or terror?
  • Trembling or shaking?
  • Chest pains or rapid heartbeat?
  • Shortness of breath?
  • Nausea?
  • Numbness or tingling?
  • Hot flashes or chills?

If you are unable to work because of a physical or mental condition, you may be eligible for Florida disability benefits. If you have been denied benefits, an experienced Ocala disability lawyer may be able to help. For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your claim, please contact Ocala Social Security lawyer CJ Henry at (352) 304-5300.

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