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How do I prepare for my disability hearing.

Apr 26, 2016 7:46 PM

So I posted a last week that my lawyer has told me that my case is being reviewed and I'll have a hearing in the next few months. So now I'm thinking is there anything I need to do or not do to prepare for the hearing? And when I do have my hearing what do I do? What are they looking for ?/ect. Any tips advice. Or help will be appreciated.

Apr 26, 2016 9:24 PM

I don't have any tips as I've never been through it. I just wanted to say Good Luck!

Apr 26, 2016 9:31 PM

No advice here either but I also wanted to say good luck

Apr 26, 2016 10:11 PM

I've got disability but I'm in Canada so I probably wouldn't be much help to you.

Apr 27, 2016 4:26 AM

Your disability lawyer should be able to prepare you.
They probably are looking to see if you can do any amount of work.

Apr 27, 2016 10:01 PM

It's your lawyer's job to prepare you for any hearing, that's their job.

Apr 28, 2016 2:14 AM

I'm from the states.

My Atty did prepare me for the first one, mostly to ease my mind, I think.... I had very little to say as I recall. You may want to call them for reassurance on that.

Reviews, if you're already on disability, are mandatory every (I forget exactly) so often. My Atty didn't prepare me for those, but I did call. I was told that they just want to know if you can do more work than you're doing. Or if you're cured and forgot to tell them, lol.

On my own & just because I disintegrate under ANY stress. I've brought a friend who was kind enough to drive me, wait outside and drive back + be there for me after. I reviewed my own notes which doesn't really help me (I know, because of crazy bad test scores in college) just helped me feeel more prepared.

On any court day, do relaxation exercises and remember to breathe into your belly. Even if that's all I can manage, I do that.
Wishing you well.

Apr 28, 2016 2:43 AM

Yeah your lawyer should prepare you for this.

Apr 28, 2016 3:00 AM

I appreciate it guys. I've been waiting so long for this point to come. She says I stil have a few months til the hearing come up but I've always been an over prepared. I suppose I just want to know what to expect and best to get through this process.

Apr 28, 2016 3:17 AM

In my case, at the first hearing, the Doc's weren't there. The Atty for the state kept listing my diagnoses and symptoms and asking the state's doc (over a phone on speaker) if these would cause significant disability. He kept saying "No." I lost that hearing.
The next hearing was almost exactly the same, except the judge ruled in my favor.

Apr 28, 2016 3:22 AM

So u had to endure two separate hearings? How long did thr whole process take for you? How many year?

Apr 28, 2016 3:31 AM

A year I think, after filing for the first and 6 months to a year for the second. It's been over a decade and my memory isn't good. I can ask my past caregiver (whom I speak with daily) tomorrow, and come back with anything that might be helpful. Where are you?

Apr 28, 2016 3:33 AM

I'm on the States also, it's been over. Year at this point . I've been denied once but this is my first appeal and my first hearing.

Apr 28, 2016 3:58 AM

Your hearing might be very easy compared to the first. Plus you kind of know what to expect. 👍
Let us know how it goes.

I just noticed you're awake and hurting. I'm sorry. It's hard, you can be so jazzed about something 😀 and want to feel your best for the event, only to find your bod is not cooperating.

Do you have warming water/heat pad, any soothing tea or calming sounds? Pain or stress meds or melatonin you haven't taken yet? Any boring TV show or book?📺
I'm reminding you... (lol, but as just one example- I've been doing injections since '03 and I still forget!)

Pleasant dreams to you.😊

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