While I cannot guarantee you that you will receive a favorable decision, things certainly look to be in your favor.
If your attorney and the ALJ were discussing a later onset date of disability, it may mean that the ALJ found something in your medical records that he/she believes is supportive of disability - could be an MRI or another diagnostic test that the ALJ found persuasive. There may be other reasons why your attorney and the ALJ discussed a later onset date, but, most would be seen as a "good sign." Of course, if there were/are issues with earnings or unemployent compensation - you will need to discuss these potential issues with your attorney.
If the VE did not offer testimony, also a good sign. In a nutshell - the VE is there to take hypothetical descriptions of someone just like you (age education, work experience, etc) and a series of restrictions that the ALJ lists. After the ALJ lists the restrictions, he/she will ask the VE if the hypothetical person could perform any jobs with those restrictions. If the VE did not testify, he/she could not offer any jobs for the VE to consider.
Here is my suggestion - talk to your attorney and ask him/her why he/she thinks the outcome will be favorable and answer your questions. There is no better source for information on your case.
I hope this was helpful to you and I hope that your attorney is correct!
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You never know the outcome of a hearing until you receive the written decision. Based on the information you provided, it sounds promising but the best person to answer your question is your lawyer.
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You should really discuss this with your attorney, he or she would be in the best position to assist you.
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Based on your descriptiopn, I would guess that the result will be favorable. However, I have certainly had hearing I thought had gone well only to be followed by a denial. Note that no one here is willing to say for certain. The best your lawyer can do, the best we can do, is guess. Your lawyers guess is the most edcuated. I would listen to your lawyer and try to be patient. I know it is a difficult wait, but wait you must. Good l;uck.
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