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The Role of Vocational Expert Testimony in Social Security Disability Claims

The Role of Vocational Expert Testimony in Social Security Disability Claims

If you’re filing an appeal for your Social Security disability claim, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will bring in a vocational expert to testify at your hearing. While it may sound confusing, this expert provides critical information that could make or break your case. Here’s a breakdown of what the role of a vocational expert involves and how they affect your Social Security disability claim.

What Is a Vocational Expert?

Vocational experts are witnesses hired by the SSA. They are knowledgeable about the employment trends, the labor market, and the skills required for most jobs. It is important to remember that while vocational experts are paid by the SSA, they’re supposed to remain impartial. Instead of favoring one side over another, they must provide an objective viewpoint.

What Will a Vocational Expert Testify About at My Hearing?

The vocational expert will meet with you and your lawyer before your hearing to discuss your case’s evidence. They’ll also want to know your prior work history. At the hearing, the administrative law judge will question the vocational expert, and your attorney will be able to cross-examine for further information.

The vocational expert will likely discuss your work history and whether you can still perform your duties. If they decide you can’t, the vocational expert will then discuss what job skills are transferable and what jobs you could perform pending your disability.

The Importance of a Social Security Disability Claim Lawyer

During cross-examination, a Social Security disability lawyer will fight on your behalf. If the vocational expert supports your claim, your lawyer will provide evidence and ask further affirmative questions to solidify your claim. If the vocational expert does not support your claim or state that you can perform other jobs, an experienced Social Security disability lawyer can challenge this opinion by arguing that you cannot perform any of the other suggested jobs.

Expert Legal Assistance for Your Social Security Disability Claim

Most Social Security disability claims are denied at initial filing, and appealing a claim in front of a judge can be an intimidating process that often requires expert legal counsel to be successful. If your Missouri Social Security disability claim is denied, you’ll want a legal expert on your side. Fortunately, the lawyers at Lanzotti & Rau are ready to help.

The lawyers at Lanzotti & Rau can help you pursue legal action to receive compensation for your disability. To learn more about our Social Security disability legal services or how we handle our cases, call us today at 573-335-9300 to schedule a free consultation.