Social Security Disability

What does a Vocational Expert do for my case and who hires one?

A Vocational Expert (VE) works independently at a SSD hearing and gives his or her impartial expert opinion concerning how an individual’s impairments — both physical and mental — affect his/her ability to work. The VE understands the structure and function of work and has experience in job placement or in counseling adults who are handicapped or disabled. Evaluation skills are needed when determining a person’s capabilities and limitations and the VE must also understand labor market conditions and trends. The VE is generally called to give input on a case when needed by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

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