In my experience as a Detroit disability attorney, I have learned that the success (or failure) of a claim often lies in the details the claimant provides at his or her disability hearing. The details you provide will be critical to establishing your limited ability to work.
For example, assume your application for disability benefits was denied because the Social Security decision-maker determined you are capable of performing sedentary work. This means that the decision-maker determined you are capable of sustained work on a regular and continuing basis – generally, for eight hours a day, five days a week. Detailed testimony about the nature of your daily activities can help to prove that this determination was made in error. For example, if you testify that your daily activities include “washing the dishes, vacuuming and grocery shopping,” the hearing judge may conclude that you are more than capable of sedentary work and deny your appeal. If, however, you provide details about these activities, the judge may reach a different conclusion. Persuasive details might include:
- “Washing the dishes” means loading the dishwasher a few times a week, which takes about five minutes. Unloading the dishwasher is too strenuous because of the lifting and reaching involved.
- “Vacuuming” means pushing the vacuum across the floor in just one or two rooms of the house, once a week. Afterward, you have to lie down and rest for at least an hour.
- “Grocery shopping” requires you to use an electric cart. Your spouse or a friend has to go with you to remove items from the shelves and accompany you home to unload the bags and put items away.
Detroit Disability Attorney Can Help You Prove You Can’t Do Sedentary Work
Social Security disability uses age as one of its primary criteria in determining whether a claimant is eligible for benefits. If you are under the age of 50, you will need to show an inability to perform tasks associated even with most sedentary jobs, though you don’t necessarily need to be bed-ridden to be approved. A Detroit Disability Attorney can show you how to do this.
Seek Assistance From a Detroit Disability Attorney
An experienced Detroit disability attorney can help you present persuasive testimony at your disability hearing by eliciting details like this, that plainly demonstrate your limited capacity for work. If you are not currently represented by counsel, I may be able to help. Please contact me for a free initial consultation at 888-282-0719 today!