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An Explanation of Vocational Experts From Your Ocala Disability Lawyer

  • Published: December 5, 2013

The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may ask a vocational expert (VE) to testify at your hearing. Your Ocala disability lawyer will go over what you can expect from the VE and the impact he will have on your hearing.

What Is a Vocational Expert?

If your Ocala disability attorney informs you that a VE will be present at your hearing, it is important to understand his role. VEs are present in order to testify regarding vocational issues stemming from the Social Security Act and Medical-Vocational Guidelines. Thus, the VE should address your ability to work based on your age, education and past work as well as what positions exist that you might qualify for despite your impairment.

Why Would an Administrative Law Judge Need a Vocational Expert’s Testimony?

If a VE is to testify, it is usually because the ALJ has already gone over all of the relevant documents and has the opinion that you are unable to do past relevant work. While this may seem like enough to find you disabled, your Ocala disability lawyer will explain that the VE will serve the purpose of filling in any gaps that still exist when this inability to work is not enough to make a decision based on the Medical-Vocational Guidelines.

Finding an Ocala Disability Attorney

The above information is not meant to be inclusive of everything you will need to know if a VE is to testify at your hearing. An Ocala disability lawyer from the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC can answer any questions you still have. Call 352-304-5300 today.

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