A Vocational Expert is a neutral party that will be providing testimony regarding employment. Specifically, they will be providing information regarding the past full-time jobs that a claimant has held in the past fifteen years. The Vocational Expert will refer to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, and clarify the skill and exertional level of each full-time job that a claimant has held. Additionally, the Administrative Law Judge will be asking certain hypothetical questions to the Vocational Expert to inquire whether jobs would be available based on certain restrictions and limitations. The Vocational Expert typically will not have any direct questions for the claimant, unless they need further clarification about job duties performed.
By hiring an experienced attorney, a claimant can be assured that any and all vocational issues are being addressed during the vocational testimony. An attorney will have the opportunity to cross-examine the expert and provide additional hypothetical questions to address medical impairments and restrictions. If you are currently unable to work due to medical impairments, please contact the firm of Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC. We will be happy to go through an intake questionnaire over the phone to determine if we are able to help with your claim for disability.