Questions to Expect at Your Disability Hearing If Sitting Is a Problem

Posted on September 16, 2011 by cjblog

You can appeal the denial of your application for Social Security disability benefits at an Administrative Hearing. During the Administrative Hearing, you will testify under oath before an Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ. Both the ALJ and your Ocala disability lawyer can ask you questions about you medical condition. For example, to determine what type of work, if any, you can engage in, you will answer questions about your Residual Functional Capacity, or RFC. RFC is the ability you retain to work despite your medical impairment.  Your RFC helps the ALJ can gain an understanding about what physical activities you can engage in on a daily basis.

If sitting throughout an 8-hour workday is a problem for you, the ALJ or you Ocala disability lawyer will ask you about alternating between sitting, standing and walking. For example, if you need to alternate between sitting and standing, the ALJ may ask you how often you need to take a break to stand, and how long you must stand. In addition, if you must take breaks while sitting or standing to take a walk, the ALJ or you Ocala disability lawyer will ask you how often you need to walk, and how long before you can resume a sitting position. Finally, if you are able to stand for a significant amount of time, you will be asked questions about how long you can stand, and if you can work at a bench while standing.

The questions the ALJ asks during a disability hearing will vary according to the claimant’s condition. Before your hearing, Ocala disability attorney CJ Henry will take the time to explain to you exactly what type of question you will likely be asked. If you are not already represented by an experienced Ocala disability lawyer, contact CJ Henry today for a free initial consultation.

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