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How We Prepare You for Your Social Security Disability Hearing: A Guide to Success

Navigating the process of preparing for a Social Security disability hearing can be daunting, especially if you’ve developed a deeply ingrained but inaccurate story about your case. These narratives, often based on misinformation reinforced by well-meaning friends, family, or misinformed professionals, can hinder your ability to present a compelling case.

Understanding the Inaccurate Paradigm

Many clients come to us with a story they believe will win their case, but it often doesn’t align with the legal and medical requirements needed to prove disability. These inaccurate paradigms can create significant obstacles in building an effective case.

Changing the Narrative

Our primary goal is to help you shift your paradigm and align your story with the factual and legal requirements needed to prove your case.

Here’s how we do it:

  1. Education: We’ll provide you with clear, concise information about what is necessary to prove your disability. This includes explaining the specific criteria the Social Security Administration looks for and why your current narrative may not meet these standards.

  2. Building Trust: Establishing a trusting relationship is crucial. Please be confident that we have your best interests at heart and that the changes we suggest are aimed at helping you succeed. If you don’t win, we don’t win!

  3. Direct Communication: We'll use straightforward language to guide you towards understanding the importance of modifying your story. This involves acknowledging your feelings and experiences while firmly steering you towards a more accurate and effective narrative. There are many tactics I use, which include interrupting your answers to redirect you, clarify my question, or explain a legal concept. This is an effort to solicit accurate information from you. I know what the answer should be, but you may not. However, I do not tell people what to say. While my process can sometimes be triggering, I ask that you trust the process, answer my questions, and follow my instructions. In the end, you will greatly increase your odds of winning. I appreciate your patience with this process.

  4. Telling the Truth: Telling the truth does not mean telling the judge everything you think they need to know. Telling the truth means being accurate and precise and telling your story in a way that fits their legal requirements. It is our job to help you get there.

  5. Repetition and Reinforcement: Please review our Hearing Preparation Guide. Repeating key points and reinforcing the accurate narrative can gradually replace the old, inaccurate story.

  6. Review and Verify: We will review your records and verify the consistency of your testimony with the medical and legal evidence in the file. We will discuss any inconsistencies, and you will have the opportunity to explain any inaccuracies or misperceptions between your testimony and the record.

Our Approach

We are here to change your story so you increase the odds of winning your case. This is not always a pleasant process, but we are here to prepare you to speak to a federal court judge. And we do not like to lose. So we ask that you bear with us as we go through this hearing preparation process with you.


Preparing for a Social Security disability hearing is a complex task, especially when you come with deeply entrenched and inaccurate stories about your case. By focusing on education, building trust, using direct communication, and employing a structured approach, we can help you shift your paradigm to one that is more likely to succeed in proving your disability. This process not only improves your chances at the hearing but also contributes to your overall well-being and understanding of your situation.

Thank you for your trust in our process. We look forward to creating your best possible chance of winning!

Hang in there with us.

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