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Testifng About Your Daily Activities at Your Hearing

  • Published: October 13, 2011

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, you may need to testify at a Social Security disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Your testimony is necessary to provide the ALJ with a complete understanding of your medical condition and how it interferes with your ability to work.

One area that the ALJ or your Ocala disability lawyer will question you about is your daily activities.

You will probably be asked to describe how you spend your average day. These questions may involve whether you are able to complete routine housework like cooking and cleaning by yourself, or if you need assistance with these tasks. You may be asked about the layout of your home; for example, must you climb stairs on a regular basis. You may be asked to describe any limitations you experience, like whether you are unable to drive or take public transportation.

The ALJ or your Ocala disability lawyer may ask you to testify about your social life and interactions with friends and family. For instance, you may need to answer questions about what you do in your spare time, and if you have a problem getting along with family or neighbors.

Your answers to these questions provide the ALJ with information regarding your physical and emotional limitations and how they may affect your ability to maintain a job.

If you would like to consult with an experienced Ocala Social Security attorney at the CJ Henry Law Firm, call (352) 304-5300. If we serve as your Ocala disability lawyers, we will meet with you before the hearing to make sure you are comfortable answering these types of questions.

Claudeth Henry

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