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Questions about Your Physical Limitations

  • Published: September 13, 2012

If you are called to a disability hearing, the judge will be particularly interested to hear how your condition has affected your ability to perform physical tasks. Your Ocala disability lawyer will be on hand in case issues arise, but the judge will be the one asking questions. The following should help you mentally prepare for the kinds of questions you might be asked.

Limitations on Standing and Moving

Because your condition must be found to prevent you from being able to work, basic ability to stand or walk around will be an emphasis during questioning. You may be asked:

  • Are you able to walk around unassisted?
  • How long can you remain on your feet before you have to sit?
  • Can you climb stairs? A Ladder?
  • Are you unable to bend at the waist, kneel, twist, or stoop?

Using Your Hands

Needless to say, if your condition makes it difficult to manipulate objects with your hands, this can seriously impede your ability to work. If your dominant hand is injured, for instance, even sitting at a desk and typing or writing could prove almost impossible. Your Ocala disability attorney may help you brainstorm how your condition affects your ability to use your hands for this reason. You may be asked:

  • Describe whether you have difficulty reaching, handling objects, feeling, pushing, or working with hand tools.
  • Do you have trouble holding on to things? Do you drop things often?
  • Are you able to pick up coins, open jars, or button your clothes?
  • Can you write or type?

Lifting and Carrying

Since SSA requires many claimants to show that they can’t work any basic job, whether your condition limits your ability to lift and carry objects can be important. You may be asked:

  • What is the heaviest thing you can lift and carry?
  • How do you lift this item?
  • What happens if you try to lift too much?

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