The Role of a Vocational Expert
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A vocational expert may be asked by the administrative law judge to testify at your disability hearing. The role of the vocational expert is to provide testimony regarding past work that you have done and the availability of alternative work in the national and local economy, says a Charlotte social security disability lawyer.
Questions for a Vocational Expert
Following are some sample questions that an ALJ may ask the vocational expert:
- What are the skill and exertion levels required by employers across the country for the same work that you previously performed?
- What are the exertion and skill levels of the previous work that you performed?
- If, for example, you are capable of performing at the medium-work level, can you return to your previous work?
- Assuming that you can perform at the medium-work level and cannot perform your previous work, do you possess any skills that are transferable to another semi-skilled or skilled job?
If the answer to the last question is yes, the ALJ might ask the vocational expert to list your transferable skills. Next, the ALJ may be asked to identify the jobs to which your skills can be transferred and list how many of these jobs exist in the economy on both the local and national levels, according to a Charlotte social security disability lawyer.