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Qualifying Physical Disabilities

At Davis, Davis & Patterson in Rome, Georgia, we represent individuals who have a wide range of qualifying physical disabilities. Our attorneys are skilled at pursuing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for those with:

Explaining Your Physical Limitations At The Disability Hearing

At the disability hearing, the administrative law judge (ALJ) will usually ask a vocational expert a series of hypothetical questions. These questions will reflect, usually in varying degree, the limitations contained in the record and the testimony which the judge wishes to consider. The vocational expert will state whether there are any jobs that someone with such limitations could perform. The case would then turn on which hypothetical scenario the judge chooses.

For instance, the hypothetical scenario the judge presents to the vocational expert might be something like, "Imagine a man who is capable of light work, but he has to periodically be allowed to sit down, and he can only lift ten pounds." Then the judge will ask, "Are there any jobs this man could perform?"

The expert may reply, "Yes, definitely. He could be a photo developer at CVS. He could be a surveillance systems monitor at a department store. He could perform a number of jobs."

The first thing you may think is, "Well, I guess I could do those jobs. I never thought about anything like that." Yet the important thing to realize — and to communicate to the judge — is that although you could do a certain job, you couldn't do it all day. Or even if you could, you couldn't do it five days in a row, day in and day out. You might be able to work such a job Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday you can't get out of bed.

At Davis, Davis & Patterson, our lawyers will shepherd you and help you prepare for the disability hearing. Our mission is to help you present your case in the best possible light in order to obtain the benefits you need. For a free consultation, call our Rome office at 706-622-4137 or send us an email.