Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Well, today was the big day. We had the disability hearing for my husband with the administrative law judge. The hearing was held in a room at the Social Security Administration building. It was the first hearing of the day so we were on time. The judge was nice and asked my husband a lot of questions. My husband was very nervous and had some trouble answering the questions. He spoke softly and stumbled over his words a lot. Of course he was very tired as he didn't' sleep very good last night. (Neither did I). He was also dizzy this morning and had to take some medication for it which made him more sleepy. After the judge did his thing the lawyer asked a bunch of question and then they turned to me!!! The judge asked if the lawyer had questions for me and then I got nervous. My teeth started chattering. He asked me several questions which allowed me to paint a better picture of how my husband is limited and how he has changed. I thought things were going well and then the vocational expert had his say. he said in my husband's condition he could do light work such as being a cashier or mail clerk. Then the judge asked the expert that with my husband's need for frequent rest periods and inability to stand for long would there be a job in the light work area that would allow for this. The answer was a resounding "No." Good for us!!! Then our lawyer reviewed with the expert the documentation from the doctor with the limits on it and again focused on my husband's limitations. He asked the expert if a light work job would allow my husband to take as many breaks as he needs and again the answer was "No."
Now we wait. The lawyer said to expect an answer in a month. This will be the hard part...waiting for a decision. I was pleased with the hearing and hope the judge accepts the limitations of my husband and gives him the disability.