Yes or no. It seems as though your Social Security disability case should be as simple as yes or no. In fact, during the claims process you are told no a lot. Most people are denied several times throughout and that is normal. But we want to hear the word yes. When you get to the hearing stage you want the judge to believe you and believe that you need benefits. One of the best way to do that is through the testimony of a medical expert.
What is a Medical Testimony?
At your hearing, the SSA or your attorney can bring in a medical expert (ME). ME’s are rarely your personal physician. Also, they are required to study and become experts in SSA medical listings. They are unbiased physician’s who will come to your hearing, review medical records, listen to your testimony and then give their opinion or testimony on your impairments. Judge’s need the ME’s opinion because it allows them to make accurate medical decisions based on your case.
During the ME’s testimony, the judge will ask them clarifying questions. If the judge feels, based on the opinion of the ME, that your impairments don’t meet medical listings, you will be denied. However, don’t worry! You or your attorney will have the opportunity to cross-examine the ME to prove to the judge that you deserve the benefits.
The ME will offer insights on:
- Your medical limitations
- Your medical records
- Your impairments in relation to medical listings
- An onset date (When you became disabled)
- How long your disability might last
The medical testimony is one of the most critical parts of your hearing. Having an experienced attorney to help you be prepared for this will make the difference. Please contact us today for a free consultation.
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