What's your opinion about what ADJ & VE said at end of my hearing regarding no jobs I could do, and they were going back to 2016
The hearing was abt. 45 minutes on 10/16/18 (6 weeks ago) and the ADJ ask me a lot of questions abt. my education), former profession, experience, medical probs., etc. and ask VE if there's any jobs in my profession with my medical condition/limitations, if there any other jobs I could do w/my education/exp. & medical limitations, or if there's any jobs in a non-professional level, and the VE answered "No" to all saying its my limited ability for repetitious use of my left (dominate) hand & lifting not over 5lbs, w/very limited ability to sit, stand, or walk very long.
The ADJ announced the hearing was over and as I was leaving the VE said "are we going back to 16?" and the ADJ said "yes we're going all the way back to 2016". Noting that I started reapplying after stopped working in June 2016.
3 attorney answers
If your question involves how far back they look to determine past relevant work, that may be where you are confused. When they determine what is included in your past relevant work, there are rules that restrict how far back they can look. Too far back in time, those jobs may no longer be relevant to your vocational profile. But what ultimately will determine the outcome is which of the hypotheticals is considered the best fit given your case facts. Most of the time that is not known until the written decision issued in writing.
Your post is a bit confusing, in that you say you became disabled in 2007 but then later say you working until June 2016.
In any event, if the VE provided NO incidents of occupations available, for ALL hypothetical questions posed by ALJ, it is a good sign. Not a guarantee, but leaning that way.
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If you had a lawyer then I suggest you pose this question to them since they were present and would know all the facts of your case and the context of the question. Absent that, and in a vacuum, if the VE were to respond that there are no jobs available to each and every hypothetical posed by the ALJ then that would be a strongly positive sign.
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