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Author Topic: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......  (Read 2398 times)

celynlochlan

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ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« on: February 02, 2013, 10:02:05 PM »
Hi, I'm new here and i just had my hearing this past jan 22nd i thought it went badly because it seemed to take a short amount of time, bout 30 minutes. the judge asked me about my daily living like what i did on a daily basis, the work i did and several other questions about my health which\ I was very embarrassed to answer, i think i actually looked at the judge 3x during the whole thing i sat with my head bent talking to the table, in fact he had to ask me to talk louder cause i was talking too soft.


he called on the physical doctor who described my surgeries but no one else.

the only thing he asked my lawyer for was for my pharmacy history from 2010 to present, is that odd?

when my attorney and i got back into the waiting room i say "well i don't think that went well at all" and my lawyer said "oh no,i think it went very well. he didn't call on the VE so he thinks that you're unable to do any jobs at all" but then he hedged his bets with "but no one can say for sure you just have to wait 30-60 days"

i sent my lawyer the histories from all the drug stores i've been to for the past 3 years.


 they haven't yet sent off the paperwork to the judge. God i'm so nervous i can't stand not knowing!
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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2013, 10:06:07 PM »
From what I hear, the shorter the hearing, the better.  It sounds like it went well to me, too.
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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2013, 10:07:34 PM »
The reason they ask for records from your pharmacy is to make sure you are taking the drugs as prescribed and filling them regularly. 

If the VE was there and was not questioned, I agree it sounds like it went well. 
I speak from experience not expertise.

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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2013, 10:12:45 PM »
to be honest there is no way to tell.
ive heard people having short hearings and getting approved and people having short ones and getting denied.

ive heard that a ve was not present or not questioned and them being approved and vice versa.

i dont think there is any way to judge at all unless the alj says they are approving you bc of how different each persons case and how each situation has played out.

celynlochlan

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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2013, 10:13:06 PM »
wheew, i'm so glad that people think it went well. I read on another site to contact the local odar office and ask what the backlog time frame is for a decision but to take it with a grain of salt.

is there a website that you can go to to check on your appication? i'm dying to know!!!!
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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2013, 10:15:54 PM »
Welcome and hopefully your attorney is experienced and his opinion is trustworthy. Of course he does not have a magic ball, but I would be glad he thought it went well. I hope the years of pharmacy records and surgery descriptions help the judge approve you.

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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2013, 10:32:21 PM »
Wow, what a procedure, you don't know whether you are going to get the electric chair or lethal injection. It's like your doctor telling you, you have 24 hours to live, and I couldn't reach you yesterday. They make you wait a year just to see this guy, which means he has had ample time to review your file, at that point he should know yea or nay

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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2013, 01:40:01 AM »
My hearing was less than 15 mins and the judge didnt ask the VE any questions. I think its very good for you!
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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2013, 08:13:05 AM »
In the worst case scenario:  If a VE was present, the ALJ must have decided prior to the hearing that a VE would be needed.  If the ALJ did not question the VE and issues an unfavorable decision, then that will be grounds alone for a remand from the Social Security Appeals Council.

However, I agree with your attorney and say it sounds like it went very well!   :Main21:
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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2013, 11:33:56 AM »
I'm one of the lucky ones where the VE was present but not questioned, and I was denied. The attorney was so confident that i had won  :Confused24:

I'm now waiting on the appeals council.

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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2013, 01:59:23 PM »
Hmm...not sure what to make of it. It can go either way. Hope you hear some good news soon. Keep us posted!

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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2013, 02:52:30 PM »
My judge asked me for the past year and half fills for my pain meds. She gave me 3 days to do it so I and my lawyer took that as a good sign. She  even noted that they increased in my fully favorable letter. So its not uncommon.

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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2013, 08:27:06 PM »
My hearing lasted less than 30 mins and the VE was present   The ALJ reviewed my medical records and the brief prepared by my attorney.He asked of me various questions then allowed my attorney to ask me questions. Afterwards  the ALJ did ask the VE if based upon the info presented if the VE thought it possible for me to be employed and the VE replied no. I'm not a betting woman and neither am I a prognosticator or fortune teller but I would say that your situation sounds positive. I certainly hope so . It makes my day whenever I hear that someone else has been approved and I would absolutely love to be able to say CONG@!$%^.......
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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2013, 11:55:13 AM »
Well I took another websites advice, or it may have been this one, I've looked at so many, and called the local hearing office that is overseeing my case and the person i spoke with says that the turn around time for getting a decision is 30 days but my lawyers just sent in my pharmacy history today so hopefully 30 days from today I'll know something I got my fingers crossed :Support09:. i heard that the ss office is changing there payment system and that you had to do direct deposit by march 1st so i called my bank and set it up......

god i'm so nervous i H A T E  :Support03: playing the waiting game..........
I have all these negative thoughts swirling around in my head that i could have said more then i did and that i didn't say enough. but i answered truthfully all the questions he asked and didn't embellish anything

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Re: ALJ judge did not ask the VE any questions whatsoever......
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2013, 12:02:32 PM »
Yeah the waiting game begins..
You did the right thing by answering the questions honestly I think you got this.. :Support09: :Support09: :Support09: :Support09: :Support09:

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