I filed for SS and was awarded benefits the first time around. I did not have an atty. I have quite a bit of experience with SS claims as when I worked we handled many claims for our clients.I will say this, it depends on your state as to how hard or easy it is to get SS. Kttn you were told the truth about
your age and education being a deciding factor for a negative outcome. Many states use a vocational expert who sits in on the actual hearing. Once your testimony has been given, the judge then looks at the VE and asks if there is some type of work available for the person and usually they say yes.
First what type of disability do you have? Has your dr or drs said you are unable to do any type of gainful employment? You must have a dr say that you are unable to work and this must be in your medical records.
They will ask how your disability affects your daily living. By this they want to know what you cannot do for yourself that you use to do. Do you need help bathing, dressing, cooking your meals, do you have someone do your grocery shopping, do you have someone that comes in and does your cleaning. If you have a yard, do you hire someone to mow it.They really are interested in the daily routine so be sure to list what you cannot do and what you have help with. If any of your medication makes you feel woozy even if its only for 30 minutes, be,sure to list that. Of course, remember if the meds make you woozy, then driving yourself around can be a problem. Also, I recommend you obtaining a copy of your medical records and furnishing SS a legible copy after you have applied. I know SS says they will obtain your medical records, however, in alot of instances we saw many SS files with incomplete medical records. You will want to make copies of any forms from SS because you will need to reference back to the answers on some of those forms. I have not really touched on alot I am in a fog right now from muscle relaxers. But, please feel free to ask any questions you may have, will do my best to answer you.Slept wrong last nite and my neck is hurting pretty bad right now. Susie