That is, what is your Judge's personal perception of 'disability' walking into the chamber? This includes both external and internal motivators. External motivators are SSA policies crafted to police the approval percentage of insurance claims. Internal motivators include the beliefs and firsthand experience a Judge acquires during his or her prolific career conducting hearings.
(1) Say enough but not too much
(2) Have a believable story
(3) Show you’re doing all you can
(4) Hire a representative who can deliver
No offense is intended, but if you are “severely” disabled and truly cannot work a job, your medical should do most the talking. Sure, you’ll need to do your part to back it up at your hearing, but your imaging, exams, and doctor opinions should stand on its own two feet (or a foot and a crutch). Your job is simply to say what you need to say, and not too much else.
Explain why you’re unable to work any job right now. Demonstrate that you’ve done all you can with your medical treatment, which includes exhausting all conservative (and some non-conservative) options.
Oftentimes, judges regard themselves as guardians of the SSA vault and only want to award disability to individuals they feel deserve disability. There are many avenues a judge can use to reasonably approve or deny a claim. Judges are savvy to lawyer’s tactics and common claimant exaggerations. Part of there job is to poke and prod you to see what reaction it evokes.
It's vital to hire a representative who understands your situation and can convincingly present it. This is an important legal proceeding in your life and there are technical factors that must be dealt with. While you can sing from the mountain top the truth of why you can't work, the real truth is that your testimony is only a fraction of what it takes to win a disability hearing in 2021. A representative with experience will be prepared to present all aspects of your case to the judge and counsel you throughout the entirety of the claim examination process.