Credibility and your disability claim
I know a lot of you have been waiting a long time and have really found yourself frustrated going through this disability process.
But wouldn’t it make you mad, if you did something that was within your control and then you did something that screwed up your entire case? I know this sounds overly simplified. But the reality is, you are in control of one very powerful aspect of your case. Your credibility. So why would you do anything that would jeopardize your credibility? Everything that you fill out, sign, or even testify, is under oath. You are telling the federal government that you promise to tell the truth. Not some version of the truth. Not some variation of the truth. You’re committing to telling the truth. So why would you do something with the hope that you don’t get caught? Why would you leave out some very key information in the hopes that the government doesn’t ask you about it or bring it up?
Keep in mind, you’re dealing with people. And people can be very skeptical if somebody decides to selectively keep certain information away from them or flat out lies. So I say this not to frighten you but to remind you that you have a responsibility to prove that you are disabled. So don’t do anything that would jeopardize your ability to present your case in the best and most positive way possible.
The last thing you want to have happen is you misrepresent some facts or even lie and have the person who is responsible for evaluating your case, cast a lot of doubt on what you have been saying about how disabling your condition really is is.