Testifying About Symptoms

Testifying About Symptoms at Your Denver Social Security Disability Hearing

If you suffer from severe medical impairments, you may qualify for Denver Social Security disability benefits. However, in order to qualify, you need to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are disabled by describing your symptoms in as much detail and vividly as possible. After all, it is these symptoms that prevent you from working, not the label of your medical condition. Your Denver Social Security attorney can help you prepare to testify at your hearing and how best to describe your symptoms.

The major rule in describing your symptoms at your disability hearing before the administrative law judge (ALJ) is to be precise and truthful. You should neither exaggerate nor minimize your symptoms. If you exaggerate your symptoms without the medical records to substantiate your testimony, you will lose credibility with the ALJ. As such, refrain from using overly descriptive words such as “extreme” and “excruciating” to describe your pain.

You should not downplay or minimize your symptoms either. You suffer from medical impairments that prevent you from working. You deserve disability benefits. But the judge will not award you benefits if you pretend that you have only few limitations. Be honest about your symptoms and how they prevent you from working.
In describing your symptoms, you need to be as specific and detail-oriented as possible. You need to describe the nature, intensity, location, and duration of your pain. You need to also testify what causes your pain and what worsens and ultimately relieves your symptoms.

In short, your symptoms are how you feel, and no one can explain these symptoms better than you. In order to convince the judge that you deserve Social Security disability benefits, you need to properly describe your symptoms in as much detail as possible. Your experienced Denver Social Security attorney can help you prepare for your testimony. If you are not already represented, please fill out the claim evaluation form on this page to contact John Cimino.

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