New Video Takes Social Security Disability Claimants Inside the Hearing Room Before Their Hearing

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The first video that gives Social Security disability claimants a look inside the hearing room before their hearing has been produced by a vocational expert who has testified before the Social Security Administration for over 25 years.

The first video that explains the roles of the administrative law judge, vocational expert, and legal representative, has been produced. Written by Martin Kranitz, who earned his master's degree in psychology at Towson State College, has been a rehabilitation counselor and vocational evaluator, and has testified on behalf of the Social Security Administration at hearings for those trying to get Social Security disability benefits for over 25 years. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Baltimore Law School.

For most claimants who are not able to work as a result of their medical problems, the hearing is usually the culmination of waiting between 27 to 33 months, having been denied benefits twice before based on the content of their medical records alone. It is at the hearing where the patient is able to talk directly to the person who will make the decision on whether or not he or she will be awarded disability benefits under the Administration’s rules.

“Understandably, the hearing is a very unnerving experience,” says Kranitz. “One for which the claimant is given little or no guidance or preparation by the Social Security Administration. It is my hope that this video will fill this void at a time which is so crucial and pivotal for their quality of life -- more so now than ever before because of the skyrocketing prices of medications and health care.”

A vocational expert is one who provides testimony on whether or not a patient would be able to meet the requirements of any jobs in the national economy, taking the limitations imposed by a severe medical condition into account. The vocational expert must base his or her testimony on those limitations named by the administrative law judge at the hearing, as well as the ability to work 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. Further allowances are made for the patient’s age, education, and past vocational training and experience.

The video is available on VHS and DVD, for $37.95. Sample clips can be viewed at http://www.socialsecuritydisablty.com/HearingPrepVideo/HPVideo.htm.

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