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SSD 119C Blog – Focus Your Testimony On Pertinent Facts

  • Published: April 9, 2014

An Ocala Social Security Disability Attorney Discusses Your Testimony

In the paragraphs below, an Ocala Social Security disability attorney offers useful advice on how to focus your testimony.

Just The Facts

The argument that there is a lack of suitable jobs in the market is one often used by claimants as a justification for their claim. It is not adviseable that you attempt to argue when you present your case to the ALJ. Judges are not concerned with the availablity of work. They are far more concerned with your ability to perform on a job if it was available to you. Rather than base your testimony on the job market, you should explain how your impairment would limit your ability to perform adequately in a sedentary position. This is relevant. The presence or absence of jobs in the market is not.

Let Your Ocala Social Security Disability Lawyer Explain Your Diagnosis

Unless the ALJ asks for it, do not attempt to explain your physician’s medical opinions or diagnoses. Your attorney will take care of that for you. He or she has all of the appropriate documentation and will make it available to the ALJ along with such explanations as may be required. The same recommendation holds if you are asked to explain why you cannot work. Don’t just name your condition. It is very possible that there are many others who have the same diagnosis and go to work every day, and the ALJ might be among them. Instead, use that question as a chance to explain how your medical condition affects you. Perhaps you can only sit for a short time, stand for a few minutes, or lift objects that are extremely light. These are the things that the ALJ needs to know.

Make Sure You’re Prepared

Be sure that your testimony is on target. Contact the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC, your Ocala Social Security disability attorney, by calling 352.304.5300 today.

Claudeth Henry

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