Disability Hearing Preparation
in West Virginia

Tips on How to Prepare for an SSD Hearing

When it comes to filing for Social Security Disability in West Virginia, Andrea Pecora & Associates is here to help. Our friendly and compassionate staff will waste no time in pointing you in the right direction, and working with you every step of the way. While filing for SSD can be confusing and daunting, relying on Andrea Pecora and her staff can take away the hassle and uncertainty. As Social Security Disability experts, we are the most qualified professionals to handle the job. If you need to file a Social Security Disability claim, call us toll free at (855) 224-2244 or (304) 622-1919.

In fact, being prepared for your disability hearing is one of the key factors of success. Some general tips on how to prepare for your hearing include:

  1. Meeting with Andrea Pecora in Person Before the Hearing

Andrea Pecora can offer useful guidance in preparing for your disability hearing, as well as many other services regarding SSD. As an expert in the field, Andrea Pecora is the professional you can rely on, so be sure to make an appointment before your hearing!

  1. Arrive Early and Never Be Late For Your Hearing

Arriving at least a half an hour early to the hearing office is a great practice, as it ensures that you will be on time for your hearing. Make sure that you are aware of the exact time, date, and location of your hearing.

  1. Ensure Your Appearance is Appropriate

In situations such as these, appearance does matter. What you wear and how you present yourself can set the tone of the entire hearing, so be sure to dress in appropriate clothing. Do not wear jeans or extravagant attire, and do not bring any papers, files, or unnecessary items to the hearing room.

  1. Answer Questions Appropriately

Speaking clearly and respectfully is very important during a disability hearing. You must verbally answer all questions distinctly. Respectfully address the Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ, after he or she speaks to you directly by ending any answer with “Ma’am,” “Sir,” or, “Your Honor”. If you do not know the answer to any question, respond with, “I don’t know,” or, “I did not understand the question, could you please repeat it?”

  1. State True Facts About Your Health

It is crucial to always tell the truth at your disability hearing. Respond clearly and quickly with a true state, without slanting your testimony in any way. Be prepared to answer in-depth questions about your health, such as:

            -What did your last occupation entail physically?

            -What is your medical impairment?

            -What were your dates of hospitalizations, prior and current medical treatments?

            -What medication have you taken, and are there any side effects?

            -What kind of pain do you experience, and where, if any?

            -How long can you perform any task, including sitting


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