Written by attorney Jonathan C. Ginsberg

How to Make Closing Comments to Your Social Security Disability Judge

Social Security judges often give claimants the opportunity to make closing comments. The judge may say to you “is there anything else you want me to know about your case before I close the record.” What should you say, if anything, to this opportunity?

As I discuss in this video, you don’t have to say anything at all. You can say “no thank you” or “I believe that my medical record and the testimony I gave you paints an accurate picture about what I have been going through.”

You should not offer generalities like “I just want you to know that I really am disabled.”

In my experience the most effective closing comments take the form of a personal appeal to the judge as a fellow human being. Let the judge know that are not looking for a handout and that not working has impacted you both financially and socially.

I think that some judges need to be reminded that work provides a social experience and helps you maintain an identity and that not working damages your self esteem.

You can talk about the financial and emotional hardship your inability to work has caused your family and that you would return to work in an instant if you could. You should mention that you have not given up hope and that you despise the idea of collecting money from the government.

Judges are human beings and while they will focus mostly on the evidence, there is nothing bad that can happen if you present yourself as believable and likeable. Most claimants ignore this “human to human” element, which is a mistake in my opinion. #socialsecuritydisabilityhearing #ssdihearing #socialsecuritydisabilityjudge #howtowinsocialsecuritydisability #closingstatementsocialsecuritydisability

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