Testifying About Shortness of Breath at an Administrative Hearing

Posted on September 13, 2011 by cjblog

If you suffer from shortness of breath, it is important to describe this condition accurately to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) during your Social Security disability hearing. During the disability hearing, your Ocala disability lawyer and the ALJ will ask you questions regarding your condition. These questions help an ALJ achieve a better understanding of your medical condition and why you are eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. You will testify under oath during the hearing, and must answer all questions completely.

First, your Ocala disability lawyer or the ALJ will ask you questions related to what causes your shortness of breath. Many things can cause shortness of breath including allergies, stress, and lung congestion. Next, the ALJ or your attorney will ask you to describe what shortness of breath feels like. The ALJ may also ask you questions about your physical fitness including how fast you are able to walk, how far you can walk before becoming short of breath, and if you are able to climb stairs without experiencing shortness of breath.

In addition, the ALJ or your attorney may ask you to testify regarding any shortness of breath episodes, chronic lung infections, or other sicknesses you may regularly experience. Your Ocala disability lawyer will also ask you to testify about any work you have missed due to your shortness of breath and how the condition has affected other aspects of your life. For example, if it is necessary for you to take frequent breaks throughout the day because of your condition, describe how often you take breaks to the ALJ.

If you believe you are disabled because of shortness of breath or any other medical condition and would like help with your Social Security disability case, contact experienced Ocala disability lawyer CJ Henry today for a free consultation.

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