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Social Security Disability Hearing- Types of questions that you may be asked

Here are some sample types of questions that an attorney may ask you at a hearing:


Name, address, social security number.

Date of birth, age today, age at onset of disability.

Marital status.

Level of education.

Any vocational or on the job training?

Last day worked due to disability.

Work Experience:

Dates of employment.

Type of job and job duties.

Full time or part time job?

How long did you work there?

Why did you leave the job?

How long can you sit for?

Can you bend?

Did you experience stress at your last job?

Can you still do your last job?

Can you do any of the jobs you held in the last 15 years?

Medical History:

Date of injury.

Have you worked since you were injured?

Have your symptoms worsened since the injury?

Who are your treating sources?

What types of treatment have you received?

What medications have you taken for your condition?

Any side effects from your medications?

Do you drive?

What are your daily activities?


Frequency, duration, location, aggravating factors.

What causes pain?

How long have you had pain?

Is it constant or does it come and go?

How many hours of the day are you in pain?

What does the pain feel like?

What is the location of the pain?

What aggravates the pain?

What relieves the pain?

What is your pain level on a ten-point scale?

Are you affected by movement, staying in one position?

Are you helped by lying down, shifting positions, etc.?

Does it cause you to be irritable, depressed, worried, anxious, experience difficulty concentrating or remembering?

Physical RFC:

How long can you sit for one stretch? 8-hour day?

How long can you stand for one stretch?

Can you alternate sitting with standing?

What do you do to relieve pain?

Do you have trouble sleeping?

How much can you lift and carry for an 8-hour day, one third of a day, and two thirds of a day?

Heaviest thing you can lift and carry in daily life.

What can you no longer lift and what happens when you try to lift them?


Bending, twisting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing stairs or a ladder.

Describe a typical day from morning until evening.

What you do differently now?

Good Days, Bad Days:

How many per month?

What are you capable of doing during a bad day?

Remember that these are just sample questions- the questions must be tailored to your specific disability and situation. What happens is you lose at the hearing level? Then you have to appeal to the appeals council which will review all of the documentation and a transcript of the hearing. If you lose at the appeals council level then the only alternative you have is to file an appeal in federal court.

Please remember that this is just general information, and everyone’s situation is unique. This article should not be considered legal advice.