vocational expert

How can a vocational expert help with Social Security Disability benefits?

by Staff | January 11th, 2012

If you are denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you have the option to appeal the initial decision. At the appeals stage, a vocational expert may be called upon to testify at your hearing, according to the World News Report.

A vocational expert witness analyzes an assessment and determines whether jobs exist in the national economy that a SSD applicant can perform.

This assessment is called a “residual functioning capacity assessment.” It is a form that a Disability Determination Services (DDS) team completes when assessing whether an applicant qualifies for disability benefit. The team tries to figure out what kind of work an applicant can still do, given his or her limitations.

To fill out the “residual functioning capacity assessment,” a DDS team looks at the applicant’s medical records and other information that the applicant submits.

The vocational expert is not an agent of the Social Security Administration. He or she offers an independent and objective view of the applicant’s abilities to do various kinds of work.

Those preparing for a SSD appeals hearing can benefit greatly from the assistance of an experienced SSD lawyer. A lawyer can ensure that the vocational expert and the judge get the clearest picture possible about the extent to which the claimant’s disability impacts his or her life.

Did you know that SSD lawyers only receive compensation if the claim is successful?

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If you need help with your Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.