After being denied for social security disability income, you may have to patiently wait while your lawyer begins the appeal process. Being denied the first time around is quite common, but when you file an appeal, you will have to go before a judge at a hearing.

This hearing can be intimidating for many people, but you can prepare for it by understanding what types of questions the judge will ask you during it, and here are three questions to expect:

What Is Your Work History?

One of the first things you will be asked relates to your work history. The judge will ask you to describe the types of jobs you have over the past 10 or 15 years, and you will need to explain how many jobs you have had, the nature of the jobs, and the types of duties you have completed.

The purpose of this is to determine if the injury you claim to have would prevent you from being able to hold a similar type of job. These questions are also designed to help the judge understand whether you have a lot of different types of experience, or if your job experience is limited. This will help him or her know how hard or easy it would be for you to get a different type of job that you have the skills for.

What Medical Problems Do You Have?

Not only will the judge ask you about the medical problems you are struggling with, but he or she will also want to know:

  • How long they have been occurring
  • What caused them
  • What proof you have that they exist
  • If you are taking medication for them
  • If you are seeking counseling help

These questions are asked to determine if you really have a problem that is stopping you from working.

What Does a Typical Day Look Like For You?

This question is asked to determine what you do with your time. If you claim to have back injuries, yet spend your days working in your yard, you may lose your credibility in the case. The judge wants to be certain that the problems you have are truly preventing you from working.

Your lawyer can help you prepare for this hearing by discussing these questions with you in advance. Remember that you must be honest when answering the questions, and your answers will determine what happens next. To learn more about your upcoming hearing, make an appointment with your social security attorney or contact a company like Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow & Nelson, P.S. to learn more.