According to disability lawyers in Michigan, some claimants testify that after sitting in a chair for a while they need to shift their positions; however, this point is not significant as everybody shifts positions in chairs. There is virtually no vocational significance in needing to shift in a chair, the disability lawyers in Michigan say, as everybody can shift about in a chair and go right on working.
A Michigan auto accident attorney suggests an example of a good answer to a question about sitting:
Judge: How long can you sit?
Claimant: If I force myself, I can sit for perhaps a whole hour; but afterward I’d have to go home and lie down, and I won’t be much good for the rest of the day. When I am trying to do things around the house, like pay bills, I sit for only about 20 minutes at a time and then I get up and walk around for 15 or 20 minutes before I go back to sitting. If I worked a job where I could change positions between sitting and standing or walking, the amount of time that I could tolerate sitting would be less and less shorter as the day went on. Sitting really bothers my back. It’s better, though, in my recliner chair with my legs up. I can sit in that chair for a long time but I find it really hard, for example, to pay bills sitting in that chair. I usually sit at the dining room table when I pay bills.
Information about what you need to do after sitting for a while is useful. Can you sit for a while and then stand up, stretch, and sit back down and continue working? Do you need to alternate sitting and standing? Can you alternate sitting and standing at a work station all day long? Do you need to walk around after sitting or standing in one place? If so, how often and for how long each time?
Most jobs allow work breaks every couple of hours. Do you need extra breaks from work? What do you have to do on your extra breaks, take walks, lie down and rest, relax in your recliner? How often during the workday do you need such breaks? How long should each break be?
The judge may want to know how much of an eight-hour workday you can spend sitting. What the judge needs to know is the total time during an entire eight-hour workday you can sit even if in short stretches. You need to think about the answer before the hearing to give a realistic estimate. The judge also may want to know the same about standing.
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