A Social Security Disability hearing is not something that most people have experience with.

You only go to one hearing. Maybe two if you lose and reapply.

As a Social Security Disability lawyer in Illinois I have been to probably over a thousand hearings.

I have seen almost everything.

You need to know what to expect before you appear before the Judge.

First, the hearing is not a place to argue with the Judge.

The Social Security Judge is not responsible for you being denied at the lower levels.

It will not help you win if you get mad with the Judge.

You should listen carefully to what the Judge is asking you before you answer.

The Judge is trying to learn about your work background and experience, your medical treatment, your pain, your limitations, your daily activities and the chores you can handle.

If you ramble or are vague, then the Judge is not able to get a clear picture of how your condition effects you.

If you appear evasive or do not fully explain your problems the Judge will not be able to make an informed decision in your case.

The best way to prepare for your hearing is think through how your condition has progressed, what medical treatments you have had, how you spend a typical day, and how life has changed for you since your injury or illness.

You should also ask family or friends to write out their view of how you are limited and what others do to help you out.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.