What Happens At A Disability Hearing? Questions About Medical Conditions & Daily ActivitiesBy Kenton Koszdin on May 22, 2018 | In Disability Insurance
Applicants must present testimony and medical evidence that satisfies the criteria of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disability to establish eligibility for benefits. At this hearing, the ALJ will ask questions to learn and understand all of the relevant details of a potential disability case. Today’s blog addresses those questions that involve an applicant’s medical condition and daily activities.
Medical Condition – These questions involve specific details of medical treatment.
- What doctors did you see and when?
- For what specific purpose?
- What was their area of specialization, if any?
- How frequently did you see this particular doctor?
- Were you ever hospitalized? If so, for how long and specifically for what reason?
- How frequently did you experience pain?
- What body parts were affected by your condition?
- Were any side effects present? If so, what?
- What types of medications did you take? Did you take everything that was prescribed?
- Were there any circumstances which may have caused your pain to increase or lessen?
Daily Activities – These questions by the ALJ assess whether an applicant’s daily activities are affected by any disability. Ultimately, the answers to these questions determine an applicant’s limitations and their effect upon his or her ability to work.
- What is your daily routine?
- What daily chores do you do?
- What other daily activities do you do?
- How have your daily chores and activities been affected by your disability?
- Are you able to drive?
- Are you able to leave your residence alone?
- What limitations related to your daily activities are you experiencing? What is it that you can’t do that you were able to do before your injury?
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