Tuesday, October 11, 2016

More #SocialSecurityDisabilit hearings, and it's all about the narrative

Hearings are about the narrative. You aim to put together a plausible story, the difficulty being encapsulating years of suffering into less than an hour. It needs to hit hard, but not being overbearing or canned. It can't come across as empty. So many words are empty and don't tell us anything. We need to be told specifics to be persuaded. Judges need to hear specifics. There are magic words, and my job is to uncover them during the course of the claimant's testimony. But it is my job. It isn't the claimant's job. It is always the lawyer's job.

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