The Importance of Your Social Security Disability Hearing

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Medical records are essential for a Social Security disability claim. The importance of your treatment history, what you tell your doctors, and what your doctors say about your condition cannot be understated. But, this does not mean that the hearing is a waste of time. The Social Security disability hearing serves a number of helpful purposes:

Brings the records to life. Reading that a patient has an antalgic gait is easy to overlook. Seeing a person struggle to walk into the Social Security disability hearing room, however, is hard to forget. It is far easier to deny a person based on what a doctor writes in often generic medical records than it is to deny a person who has testified about excruciating pain during an in-person conversation.
Is an opportunity to clear up inconsistencies. Medical records are often far from 100% accurate. One treatment note may indicate that the patient recently went on a month long vacation while the truth is that the patient’s child spent a month with a grandparent to allow the patient a time to rest and heal. Being able to explain the misunderstanding t a hearing may save the claim.  
Is an opportunity to explain specific functional limitations. A certain diagnosis does not necessarily carry a certain limitation. One person with severe degenerative disc disease may be able to function satisfactorily despite any pain while another person with moderate degenerative disc disease may be crippled by pain. The Social Security disability hearing is an opportunity to tell the judge how your specific impairment impedes your functioning.  

Just as medical records and medical opinions are vital, so is hearing testimony. Be sure to prepare with your Social Security disability hearing attorney from Parmele Law Firm, trust their judgment, and follow their advice before testifying at your administrative hearing.