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« on: February 05, 2012, 09:51:43 PM »

      Before my hearing, my representatives sent me a DVD on what to expect at an ALJ Hearing and questions that the judge MAY ask. I want to point out that the judge that had my case did not ask me every single question below, but I wrote down all the questions from the DVD anyway so I could be prepared. I decided to post the questions here for all of you that have an upcoming hearing since I see many inquiries about what to expect. I am hoping that this will give you a better idea of what your hearing day will be like.

     At the hearing you can dress casually (I wouldn’t recommend torn jeans or a worn out 80’s rock band t-shirt though)  Wink

     An ALJ hearing usually consists of the Judge (either in person or by video), the person that records the hearing, the vocational expert (video or in person), your representative (if you have one) and you. The hearing will more than likely be held in a conference type of a room. The judge may or may not wear a robe. There will be microphones there just for recording purposes (not to amplify your voice). When answering your questions, look at the judge and (even when your attorney is asking you the questions) be sure to speak loud enough for him to hear you. Your hearing should last anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. It could take longer depending on how much information you need to provide.

General Questions

1.   Date of birth?
2.   Age of alleged onset?
3.   Height?
4.   Weight?
5.   Left or right handed?
6.   Married?
7.   If so, is your spouse employed?
8.   Do you have children?
9.   If so, what are their ages?
10.    Do you live in a house, apartment, or etc.?
11.    How did you get to the hearing?
12.    What is the distance to the hearing from your residence?
13.     Did you serve in the military?
14.    If so, what was your rank?
15.    Do you receive unemployment insurance?
16.    Do you receive welfare or food stamps?
17.    Do you receive worker’s compensation?
18.    Do you receive federal black young benefits?
19.    Are there any other benefits that you receive?

Education
 
20.    What is the highest grade you finished in school?
21.    Did you attend college?
22.    Do you have any problems reading or writing?
23.    Can you pick up a newspaper and read an article on the front page?
24.    Can you write a phone message for someone?
25.    Are you capable of writing a check?
26.    Can you do simple math, adding or subtracting?
27.    Can you count change?
28.    Do you have any vocational or special training?
29.    If so, in what area?
30.    When did you last work?
31.    What was the name of your employer?
32.    What were the dates of your employment?
33.    What was the nature of the job? Duties?
34.    Why did you stop working?
35.    Can you do your prior job?
36.    Why or why not?
37.    Have you looked for work since your last job?
38.    Where else have you worked in the last 15 years?

Medical Conditions

39.    Describe in your own words all the medical problems that you are having that are keeping you from working.
40.    What are the names of the doctors/physicians you are seeing?
41.    What are they treating you for?
42.    Have you ever been treated or hospitalized for a mental or emotional condition?
43.    Have you had any operations/medical procedures (how far back)?
44.    When?
45.    Do you have any problems sleeping?
46.    Does the weather affect your condition?
47.    If so, how?
48.    Have you been told by your doctor to avoid certain things?
49.    If so, what are they?
50.    Describe the medication you are taking and if they are helping your condition.
51.    Do you have any side effects from the medication?

Questions about Your Pain
 
52.    Tell me more about the pain you said you have.
53.    Describe the pain and where it is mostly.
54.    Does the pain radiate or move around?
55.    Where?
56.    Is there any time when you do not have pain?
57.    If so, when?
58.    How long of a time do you go without pain?
59.    Is the pain worse at certain times?
60.    What happens to make your pain worse?
61.    How long does the pain last when it’s worse?
62.    How often does this happen?
63.    What do you do to relieve the pain?
64.    What have you been telling your doctor about the pain?
65.    What does your doctor tell you about helping the pain?
66.    What does the doctor tell you about the future of your problem/s?
67.    Has your doctor mentioned anything to you about future treatments?
68.    Do you lie down during the day to relieve pain?
69.    If so, for how long?
70.    How often?

Activities of Daily Living

71.    What do you do to fill your time when you’re not working?
72.    Do you drive a car?
73.    If so, how often?
74.    Do you watch TV?
75.    Do you listen to the radio?
76.    Do you do crossword puzzles?

Physical Limitations

77.    Do you do your grocery shopping?
78.    If so, how often?
79.    If you do not do your grocery shopping, who does it for you?
80.    Do you have social activities?
81.    If so, how often?
82.    Do you attend church?
83.    If so, how often do you attend and how far is it from your home?
84.    Housework? Do you cook, wash dishes and put them away?
85.    Can you make a bed, vacuum, clean, sweep, take out trash?
86.    Are you able to do any yard work?
87.    If not, who does?
88.    Can you lift 20 pounds frequently?
89.    Can you occasionally lift 20 pounds?
90.    Can you lift 10 pounds frequently?
91.    Can you occasionally lift 10 pounds?
92.    Can you lift a gallon of milk?
93.    Can you lift files and ledgers?
94.    Are you able to go for a walk?
95.    If so, how far?
96.    Can you walk up or down a hill?
97.    Do you have problems standing?
98.    How long?
99.    Can you get in and out of a chair?
100.   Do you have any problems with your hands or your arms?
101.   Can you reach over your head?
102.   Can you hold your arms straight out?
103.   Can you pick up small objects such as a coin on a table?
104.   Do you have any problems seeing?
105.   Do you have any problems hearing?
106.   Do you have any problems breathing?
107.   Do you have any problems with dizziness? Balance?
108.   Problems bending, stooping or crouching?
109.   Can you move your hands and feet while sitting?
110.   Can you grasp things?

Emotional Limitations
 
111.   Do you have any problems getting along with family or friends?
112.   Can you do things that you use to do?
113.   What are they?
114.   How is your memory?
115.   How is your concentration?
116.   Are the above problems out of the ordinary?
117.   How do you feel about life in general?
118.   Do you have feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or suicide?
119.   How is your appetite?
120.   Do you smoke?
121.   Do you drink alcohol?
122.   If so, how often?
123.   Is there anything else not discussed about your condition that should be known?


     Just answer truthfully and give thoughtful detailed answers so that the judge can better understand your condition/s. Smiley
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Name: Jen
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Age at Application: 32
Disability: Severe seronegative, erosive, deforming rhuematoid arthritis. Congenital hip dysplasia. Total hip replacement in both hips. Congentital os odontoid, C1-C2 (fractured neck vertebraes)
Date Applied: Initial application was March 9, 2010
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: I lost track!
Hearing Date: December 9, 2011(with disability lawyer)
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Approved December 30, 2011
Additional Info: Received approval letter (that I was found Disabled) on January 9, 2012 (age 34). First Federal SSI back pay February 2, 2012. Received 17 months of State Supplemental back pay February 17, 2012

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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 10:55:48 PM »

Wow!
Thank you for taking the time to type all of this up!!!!
 bravo bravo bravo bravo
 you-rock you-rock you-rock you-rock
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Name: >;<
Location: CA
Age at Application: 37
Disability: Complex PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder
Date Applied: October 8, 2010
First Approval/Denial Date: Approved verbally March 15th, 2011. Approval letter dated April 5, 2011
Additional Info: 2 weeks in QR, Received backpay April 4th, 2011
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2012, 11:26:00 PM »

 you-rock you-rock Good-Post Good-Post
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Location: Indiana
Disability: Fibromyalgia ,Spondylosis ,DDD, Depression , Bipolar , Social Anxiety Disorder,Panic Attacks ,PTSD , Asthma , Stage 2 COPD ,Recurrent Severe Pneumonia, Degenerative joint Disease of the right knee.
Date Applied: 03/2010
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied - 05/2010
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Denied - 08/2010
Hearing Date: 09/09/2011
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Verbally Approved by 800# 12/22/2011, Received Approval letter "Fully Favorable" 12/27/2011
Date Award Letter Received: 1/27/2012
Date Back Pay Received: 1/23/2012
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012, 03:18:21 AM »

Jen:

I-Agree Good-Post you-rock

This is great information Jen, and I have stickied the topic. Taking the time to pull it all together is very much appreciated.

thanx thanx thanx

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Name: Pati
Location: East Tennessee
Age at Application: 53
Disability: Small Fiber & Autonomic Neuropathy; Sjogren's Syndrome; DJD
Date Applied: 02/19/2009
First Approval/Denial Date: Approved 10/26/2009
Date Award Letter Received: 11/17/2009
Date Back Pay Received: 10/25/2009
Additional Info: Assigned to DQB on 10/5/09. Approved.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2012, 09:02:06 AM »

Thanks for the info. My hearing is Wensday @ 10:30 am ,I hope Iam ready , The light at the end of the tunnel is getting smaller.
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Name: Samuel
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Age at Application: 43
Disability: Pulmonary Sarcoidosis ,Stage IV COPD, Upper right Lobectomy
Hearing Date: 02/08/2012
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Approved 02/08/2012
Date Back Pay Received: April 30 2012
Additional Info: Onset date 11/13/2010
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2012, 09:22:40 AM »

Thank you Jen Smiley A great source of information for everyone with an upcoming hearings and there are quite a few!!  Good-Post heartthrob
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Name: Fighting for hubby :)
Age at Application: 48/50 today January 28th!
Disability: Recently diagnosed with Renal-Artery Stenosis of left kidneySleep apnea, PAD, COPD,Malignant hypertension, elevated blood pressure. DJD of knee.
Date Applied: October 2010
First Approval/Denial Date: Feb 2011
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Applied Feb and waiting .....Denied April 22, 2011
Date Hearing Notice Received: December 2011
Hearing Date: Applied May 2011. Hearing April 6th 2012.
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Approval letter April 30th
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012, 09:50:59 AM »

 thank_you Jen!

  My hearing is on February 23rd and this questionnaire will surely help me to try and organize my thoughts beforehand!  I'm already getting jittery already!  I've answered all these questions before, to my lawyer and doctor, so it's pretty simple to just be truthful? My problem will be remembering specific dates?  I have to write everything down, now.  I used to be able to remember, but now that I'm older, my memory is fading, somewhat?  I hope the judge will be patient with me?

Again, Thanks,
Max  thank_you
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Name: maxine0251
Location: Georgia
Age at Application: 59, (1st claim) 61, (2nd claim), 62, now!
Disability: COPD, Major Depression, Ankylosing Spondylitis, DDD, Migraines w/Aura, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Date Applied: June 2010 (1st claim) July 2012 (2nd claim)
First Approval/Denial Date: (2nd claim) February 5, 2013
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: ???
Date Sent to VSU: (1st claim) went to VSU & put back in line for hearing in March 2011
Hearing Date: (1st claim) February 2012
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: (1st claim) denied April 2012
Additional Info: I turned 62 this year. I lost my first claim at the ALJ stage. This is my second claim.
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2012, 10:07:20 AM »

 Jen
Thank you for all the info thanx , This gives me and i'm sure others a chance to practice the answers for their hearing up coming.  Good-Post
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Name: Ed
Location: illinois
Age at Application: 55 now going on 60
Disability: Dupuytrens Contracture (which no one understands) how dibilating it is, with no cure
Date Applied: july 2010
First Approval/Denial Date: oct 2010/ denial
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: mar 2011 / denial
Hearing Date: April 5 2012
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: DENIED 6/ 2012
Additional Info: Denied at appeals council and in federal court hoping for appeal there or approval with second hearing in the mean time i wait and wait and wait
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2012, 12:47:40 PM »

Thank you for posting this is very valuable information!!Cant wait for my day in front of the ALJ Cool
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Name: Carl
Location: Milwaukee Wi.
Age at Application: 45
Disability: Menieres (Chronic Vertigo),IBS
Date Applied: March 15 2011
First Approval/Denial Date: DENIAL June 14 2011
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Hired Att.for reconsideration July 12 2011 Denied Reconsideration level 11/4/2011
Hearing Date: Waiting now to get a ALJ hearing date ...4/3/12 contacted Congress Woman/Senator.... Hearing date Sept 5, 2012
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: SEPT 5,2012 FULL APPROVAL 15 minute hearing.
Date Award Letter Received: Sept 9,2012 Fully Favorable
Date Back Pay Received: Sept 21 2012
Additional Info: Had Attorney,Senator,Congress Woman involved after recon denial
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2012, 01:36:08 PM »

Jen,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post these questions. This will be valuable information to people for years to come! I have my hearing in April. I will be going over these questions in my head until then.  Smiley Thanks so much!

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Name: Mousey
Location: IL
Age at Application: 48
Disability: Massive Heart attacks 7 stents-COPD-asthma-Spinal Fusion-Fibromyalgia-PTSD-Depression-Anxiety-Agoraphobia-Autoimmune Disorders-Medullary Sponge Kidney & Kidney stones - Graves-Sciatica-Osteoarthritis-Etc.
Date Applied: 10/09 age 48
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied 7/10 age 49
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Filed 9/10 Denied 11/10 age 49
Hearing Date: April 10 2012. Bench Decision..Approved!!!
Additional Info: This process is so frustrating!
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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2012, 01:59:04 PM »

     You all are so very welcome! It was my pleasure. I happened to find the papers I wrote the questions down on in my laptop bag last night and thought I would type them out. @ Max - these basically are the questions they ask you in the questionnaires that they send you, which is what I told my husband. "I already answered these questions, why did I just have to do it again!?"  Grin  Oh, and also, my memory is not exactly the best either so during my hearing when the judge asked me the dates of my employment, my lawyer faced his laptop towards me so I could see what he had for my employment dates, so he saved my butt on that one. Wink

 good-luck to everyone with an upcoming ALJ hearing. You'll do GREAT!  big grin
     
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Name: Jen
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Age at Application: 32
Disability: Severe seronegative, erosive, deforming rhuematoid arthritis. Congenital hip dysplasia. Total hip replacement in both hips. Congentital os odontoid, C1-C2 (fractured neck vertebraes)
Date Applied: Initial application was March 9, 2010
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: I lost track!
Hearing Date: December 9, 2011(with disability lawyer)
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Approved December 30, 2011
Additional Info: Received approval letter (that I was found Disabled) on January 9, 2012 (age 34). First Federal SSI back pay February 2, 2012. Received 17 months of State Supplemental back pay February 17, 2012
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2012, 02:08:50 PM »

I read something at one time, and I think it was from an attorney's site, that they recommend that the claimant does not take in notes/notebook etc.   writing Go from the gut. I thought I would  write dates down etc. I could not even begin to tell you dates of surgery's, employment dates etc. Heck I can't even remember what day it is sometimes.  think  Or what I had for supper the night before.  pizza     So I wonder what is good practice.

Notes or NO Notes?  writing laptop dunno

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Name: Mousey
Location: IL
Age at Application: 48
Disability: Massive Heart attacks 7 stents-COPD-asthma-Spinal Fusion-Fibromyalgia-PTSD-Depression-Anxiety-Agoraphobia-Autoimmune Disorders-Medullary Sponge Kidney & Kidney stones - Graves-Sciatica-Osteoarthritis-Etc.
Date Applied: 10/09 age 48
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied 7/10 age 49
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Filed 9/10 Denied 11/10 age 49
Hearing Date: April 10 2012. Bench Decision..Approved!!!
Additional Info: This process is so frustrating!
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2012, 02:31:04 PM »

     That's a good question Mousey! Notes or no notes...  Well, my attorney said nothing about making notes, but if you have an attorney, you could always ask about him having some information available to you while you in your hearing (such as employment dates). I think the judge may understand that people cannot remember every single date off the top of their head since that would be way too much for anyone to remember. If you don't have an attorney, maybe it would be okay to just write down dates of certain surgeries/Dr. appointments or employment dates. Everything else that is answered should come naturally I think. That is just my thoughts about it though. Anyone else have any experience with taking notes with them to a hearing?
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Name: Jen
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Age at Application: 32
Disability: Severe seronegative, erosive, deforming rhuematoid arthritis. Congenital hip dysplasia. Total hip replacement in both hips. Congentital os odontoid, C1-C2 (fractured neck vertebraes)
Date Applied: Initial application was March 9, 2010
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: I lost track!
Hearing Date: December 9, 2011(with disability lawyer)
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Approved December 30, 2011
Additional Info: Received approval letter (that I was found Disabled) on January 9, 2012 (age 34). First Federal SSI back pay February 2, 2012. Received 17 months of State Supplemental back pay February 17, 2012
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2012, 07:10:37 PM »

     I wanted to add that I did some searching online and found a very good video on youtube that will show what an ALJ hearing is like. This is NOT the same video I received, but for anyone interested in viewing it (it is 18 minutes long) sign in to youtube and search for "SSDI Hearing Video".  Smiley
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"Laughter is a powerful tool against life's ample conundrums." -J.L. Eades
Name: Jen
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Age at Application: 32
Disability: Severe seronegative, erosive, deforming rhuematoid arthritis. Congenital hip dysplasia. Total hip replacement in both hips. Congentital os odontoid, C1-C2 (fractured neck vertebraes)
Date Applied: Initial application was March 9, 2010
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: I lost track!
Hearing Date: December 9, 2011(with disability lawyer)
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Approved December 30, 2011
Additional Info: Received approval letter (that I was found Disabled) on January 9, 2012 (age 34). First Federal SSI back pay February 2, 2012. Received 17 months of State Supplemental back pay February 17, 2012
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2012, 08:40:47 PM »

I think a note to your attorney prior to the hearing with everything you want addressed is good but I would not bring notes in with you.  I think if your disability makes you forgetful or you have trouble concentrating there is a benefit to the Judge seeing that.  Just my opinion. 

Let me add my thanks as well for this post.  The questions are great and Pati is going to be adding them to our frequently asked questions section so I appreciate it very much.
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Name: Marci
Location: Florida
Age at Application: 35
Disability: Arthritis, Degenerative Disc, Migraines, Foot Injury
Date Applied: September 2005
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied February 2006
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Denied October 2006
Date Hearing Notice Received: October 2008 two weeks before hearing
Hearing Date: October 2008
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: Letter Received December 2008
Date Award Letter Received: January 2009
Date Back Pay Received: February 2009
Additional Info: Approved at hearing, no Attorney
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