A Detroit disability law firm can advise you on how to effectively estimate your limitations to the judge. The best way is to be completely open about your limitations and talk to the judge as if he were a casual friend.
Estimate Your Limitations
To determine the degree of your limitation, the judge will ask you questions pertaining to how far you can walk, what’s the most you can lift, how long you can stand or sit, etc. Think about your answers before the hearing, so you can give the judge an accurate estimation of what you can do.
You can help your case by conversing with the judge and answering his questions as if he were your close friend. If a friend asks you how far you can walk, you would have no problem identifying places you have walked to recently, your condition once you got there, if you felt fatigued and had to rest along the way, and other useful details. Give the judge multiple examples of how your impairment affects your daily activities.
A Social Security disability hearing is completely different from a court hearing. It’s best to disregard your personal experience with court hearings or your impression of courtroom dramas as you’ve seen them on TV. In court hearings, lawyers will often advise clients not to volunteer examples or details unless they are specifically requested to do so. But the opposite is true in Social Security hearings. Any Detroit disability law firm will urge you to actively “volunteer” information, so the judge has all the necessary details to rule in your favor.
For example, the judge may ask how far you can walk. A claimant who mistakenly resists volunteering information about their impairment may answer “a couple blocks at most.” Meanwhile, your Detroit disability law firm will encourage you to answer this seemingly simple question with examples, or a story, that demonstrates how and when your limitations come into play as you go about everyday activities.
A strong answer to the judge’s question would be: “Only yesterday, I went to the store, which is less than two blocks away from my house. When I got there I felt excruciating pain in my back. I hobbled around because I couldn’t walk straight. I only purchased a loaf of bread, and I could hardly carry it home. The pain caused me to stop three times along the way. When I got home I collapsed on my bed without putting the bread away.”
In this second example, the person is clearly conversing to the judge as he would with an old friend and is freely providing a multitude of important information, examples and relevant details.
The Detroit disability law firm of Attorney Marc J. Shefman has extensive legal expertise and experience obtaining disability benefits for claimants. For a free initial consultation on your case, please call their law offices at 248-298-3003.