My client's Social Security disability hearing went well today. We presented the voluminous medical evidence along with an impactful brief. The client testified with candor and credibility, and it helped her case. It was a short hearing--surgical direct exam is always the best way because judges know the issues. You need to "show them why your client should win." This can be done quickly and efficiently.
Disability cases are about evidence and credibility. Evidence must be both objective (medical records) and subjective (claimant testimony). There needs to be a tight fight between the objective and the subjective. When you have both objective and subjective evidence as well as credibility, it makes it much easier to win.