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People are often worried about the role of the vocational expert in a disability hearing. They think that the expert is there to oppose them, to prevent them from getting the Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits they need. In reality, that is not the case. The vocational expert is a neutral party present to help the judge determine whether you qualify for SSD or SSI benefits. In fact, a skilled Social Security lawyer can use the expert as a witness for the claimant.

At the Law Office of Jim McKown, our skilled Indiana SSD lawyers know that the vocational expert is a powerful tool that we can use to make disability hearings a success. We know how to use that tool on your behalf to help you get the benefits you need. Contact our Indiana SSD lawyer to secure the benefits you are entitled to.

Role of the Vocational Expert in Indiana SSD Cases

The judge will ask the vocational expert questions about jobs that exist in the real world and what the requirements of those jobs are. We will have questions, too. For example, we may ask how many of the jobs that the expert says are available tolerate absenteeism in the amount that would be required because of your medical condition. Through the vocational expert, we paint a clear picture of your ability to work.

The judge and the Social Security Administration divide jobs into categories:

  • Sedentary
  • Light
  • Medium
  • Heavy
  • Very heavy

On paper, some jobs may appear to fall into the light category. The judge may take this fact for granted. We will not. We will ask questions of the vocational expert showing that a specific role was not light, but actually medium or heavy. We need to make certain that the physical demands of your past work are completely understood. If you worked a heavy job, we do not want the judge to look at your case as if you were doing light work, which would cause him or her to think that you could easily step back into the same career. We take great care to make certain that the vocational expert is used properly in your case.

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