When you go to a social security disability hearing, there are many questions you will be asked. One big question we are asked is what is the definition of sitting, standing and walking according to social security disability benefits? At Disability Associates, a social security disability benefits law firm in Towson, Maryland we can take a closer look today.
Defining Sitting, Standing and Walking According to Social Security
Specifically, you’ll be asked about how far can you walk, how long can you sit comfortably, how long can you stand comfortably. And some follow-up questions to that. So, why is that important? Well, remember that the purpose of the hearing is for the judge to get more information about you and your problems. And then make a determination whether there is any type of job that you can do. Now there will be a vocational expert at your hearing who will talk about work you’ve done in the past and answer questions from the judge and from your lawyer about how limitations will affect your work in the future.
So where does sitting, standing, and walking come in? It becomes important in determining what exertion level you’re capable of. So, for example, for someone who has no problem sitting, can stand for several hours in an eight-hour workday, can walk for several hours on an eight-hour workday. That would mean there is really no limitation in terms of those activities that would affect your ability to work. If you have someone who has, let’s say has had multiple back surgeries and they haven’t worked. This is somebody who can only stand for ten minutes at a time, can only sit for thirty minutes at a time, can only walk 150 yards, and needs a cane to do that. That is a very different physical situation. And that is going to eliminate many jobs that would require a lot more in the way of say walking and standing.
So along with sitting, standing, and walking, we’ve talked about there’s also questions about how much can you lift, how much can you carry? Again, that’s being asked, and the judge is looking for that evidence in your file because that determines what jobs you may or may not be able to do. So, if you’re able to lift a hundred pounds and you don’t have any limitations in sitting, standing, or walking. Well, that’s a case where you may base on those criteria alone be able to do heavy construction.
Now you might have other problems that are going to prevent you from doing that, but you have to understand that those physical limitations and information about those physical abilities become very important in determining what types of jobs you may or may not be able to do.
About Disability Associates
Disability Associates, LLC, managed by attorney Tracey N. Pate, provides legal representation to disabled individuals who are seeking Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Our concentration is exclusively on Social Security Disability Law. It’s all we do! We know that filing for Social Security benefits can be a long and frustrating process. We are dedicated to taking the weight off of our client’s shoulders by simplifying this process for them. There is absolutely no charge unless we win your case.