For many Philadelphia residents, the inside of a courtroom is something they may only see on television and in the movies. The real life experience of being in court can be drastically different, as there may be no dramatic and shocking moments as depicted on the screen.
This is not to say that real life court proceedings are dull or unimportant, however. It is quite the opposite, as what happens during a particular court hearing can make the difference between success and failure in a given case.
For instance, recently this blog discussed the need to be prepared when individuals are presenting a disability claim or appealing a denied Social Security claim. While proper preparation entails having all of the relevant medical and other documents available, it also means knowing what will take place during a hearing on disability benefits.
Typically, a claimant testifying during a disability hearing will be asked about their medical condition. Questions may be asked about the symptoms suffered by the individual, the intensity of pain they have and what medications they may be taking to address the condition. In addition to examining the person’s current medical condition, the individual may also be questioned about their medical history.
Questions may also be asked about the person’s mental and physical abilities in light of the medical condition, including their ability to perform work, concentrate and engage in basic activities. With respect to work issues, there are frequently inquiries made into the claimant’s training and education, employment history and work experience. These questions are designed to determine whether the person can continue working in their current field or a related job.
Ultimately, a broad range of topics may be covered at a disability benefits hearing. It is vital for claimants who are testifying to give consideration to these topics and prepare themselves for the possible questions that may be asked.
Source: FindLaw, “Preparing for your Social Security disability hearing,” accessed on Sept. 10, 2016