As an experienced Vermont disability attorney, I can help you explain to the administrative law judge just how limited your ability to work truly is. Well in advance of your hearing date, I will meet with you to discuss the facts of your case that are important to the Social Security Administration in determining residual functional capacity. For example, the Social Security Administration wants to know what types of work-related tasks you are capable of performing. To get at this information, the hearing judge likely will ask you questions similar to the following:
Walking, standing, sitting
- Please describe for me how you are limited in walking.
- How far are you able to walk?
- How long are you able to walk?
- Do you use an assistive device (e.g., a cane) when you walk?
- Have you ever lost your balance when walking?
- Please describe for me how your ability to sit is limited.
- Please describe for me the limitations on your ability to stand.
- How long are you able to sit?
- How long are you able to stand?
- Do you need to alternate periods of sitting with periods of standing or walking?
- Do you find it difficult to travel?
Lifting and carrying
- What is the heaviest weight you can lift? Please give me an example.
- What is the heaviest weight you can carry? Please give me an example.
- Do you find that you have to rest after you do any lifting or carrying?
- Do you have any difficulty using your arms?
- Do you have any difficulty in kneeling? bending? stooping?
- Do you have any difficulty using your fingers or hands?
- Describe your typical “good” day.
- Describe your typical “bad” day.