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Will I win my ssi appeal case? the vocational expert said I have no skills.

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I recently had my ssi appeal hearing on April 24 2013 the vocational expert said that I have no job skills and that there is no jobs suited for me in my area.does this mean i will get a favorable decision? I also admitted to the judge that i used to have a problem with drinking from 1994 until my clean date which was Jan.15 2007. will this go against me or will i get a favorable decision?

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It sounds like you got a good shot based o nthis very brief explanation. More information is necessary like what is your disability, what are your restrictions, etc. Obviously, its good testimony when the vocational expert says you have no skills. However, the standard for SSI is whether you can do any job, not just jobs in your area. Are you sure he did not say "can't do any jobs." Dated alcohol issues don't seem to me germane as a typical matter.


When a VE is on your side to this degree it can certainly be very helpful, so I would say you have a good shot at it. But you never know what a judge will do. Whether your drinking will be an issue really depends on the judge. No one can ever give you a promise that you will be successful because there are so many issues that the system looks at when determining whether you qualify. If you don't get SSI from this hearing, you definitely will want to check with an attorney for your appeal.

Good luck.

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If you were represented by an attorney, you should discuss this with her/him. Your attorney is in the best position to explain what went on in the hearing and answer your specific questions.

Concerning your case, as the other answers suggest, it is not possible to tell you if you will win or not. For example, when ALJ gave the vocational expert a list of hypothetical questions, the ALJ may have noted, "if I find that the medical evidence supports the following . . . " - that allows the ALJ to determine if the medical evidence that you provided supports the limitations that you described in the hearing. It is also important to know if the ALJ provided more than one set of hypothetical questions that resulted in the vocational expert's testimony.

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I hope that this information was helpful to you and I wish you well.

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Maqybe. Judges usually ask a series of questions of VEs, some of which result in a statement by the VE that there are no jobs available, and others of which result ion some jobs being available. It is hard to tell since we were not there.

Talk to your attorney about the hearing. More important than the VE is the medical evidence that supports your claim.

Best of luck to you.

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