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How to answer questions at a Social Security Disability hearing

It takes months, sometimes years, to get a hearing in front of a Social Security Administrative Law judge (ALJ). You need to be prepared for the encounter when you get there.

It's very common for the ALJ to ask claimants questions directly. It's normal to be nervous, so it helps if you anticipate some of the judge's questions in advance and practice your answers. Obviously, you want to be absolutely truthful -- but the way that you phrase your words can sometimes help or hurt your case.

Is PTSD covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Not always felt immediately after a tragic event or a number of traumatic experiences, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental injury that is not always recognized by the Minnesota workers’ compensation system.

Defined as a mental condition that produces symptoms of:

The frustrating reality of Social Security Disability waits

As anyone who has visited St. Paul's Social Security office knows, short-staffing plagues the federal agency. Retired people wait locally and at offices across the nation for help with their benefits. Those applying for Social Security Disability are enduring prolonged waits for decisions that can stretch up to two years, according to recent reports.

The Washington Post cites the case of an Army veteran who was medically retired from the military at 54 because of depression and PTSD. He would seem to be an easy call for Social Security to make, but when he applied, he was turned down. His appeal was also turned down. He then went to federal court, which sent his case back to the administrative law judge at Social Security. It has been six years since he submitted his initial claim and the disabled veteran is still waiting to learn if he will get benefits.

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