Having handled hearings for many New Orleans and other Louisiana Social Security disability claimants, I am often asked – how can I present my case most effectively at my Social Security disability hearing?

At your hearing, your testimony should focus on the following:

  • Your physical symptoms, including your pain, its severity, and the resulting restrictions;
  • Your functional capacity: ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, manipulate, and travel;
  • Your current daily activities and any changes to your activities and life due to your disability;
  • Maybe the requirements of the jobs you held in the last 15 years – exertional, skill, and stress levels; and
  • Your current medical treatment: length, frequency, medication, etc.

Sometimes having friends, family or co-workers testify can help, but usually, the ALJ is more interested in your specific testimony.  Plus, new regulations do not require ALJs to even comment on this witness testimony. 

As a Louisiana Social Security disability lawyer, I have developed and polished many effective techniques for winning benefits. If you or someone you love is fighting for Social Security disability benefits, give us a call at Louisiana Disability Law.  We have the experience to guide you through this difficult process and present the best possible case for you before the Administrative Law Judge.

Loyd J. Bourgeois
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