During your hearing for Social Security disability benefits, you will be asked about your limitations. The judge may ask, for example, how long you can stand or sit, how far you can walk, or how much weight you can lift. This will be a key area of inquiry for the judge because your limitations reflect your physical symptoms and, consequently, your ability to work.
Respond to these types of questions honestly and accurately, without exaggerating or downplaying your limitations. Although lawyers often advise their clients to avoid volunteering too much information during court hearings, a smart Detroit Social Security lawyer will not give the same advice before a disability hearing. In order to be awarded Social Security disability benefits, you need to provide detailed testimony, even if the judge does not ask for those details. For example, if the judge asks about the distance you can walk, you might answer, “two blocks.” If the judge does not hear any context, however, the judge might find your answer to be less than compelling. A more complete answer would also describe how you feel during those two blocks. You might say that you feel shortness of breath or a pain in your chest or that, often, you are so worn out from the effort that you have to lie down and rest. Give specific examples. Think about the details that you would include if you were talking to a close friend, and use that approach during your hearing.
If your hearing date is approaching and you are not currently represented by a Detroit Social Security lawyer, I would be happy to talk with you about your situation. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a time to meet.