Posts Tagged ‘functional capacity limitations’

The Listing of Impairments

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The Social Security Administration uses what are called the Listing of Impairments in determining if a claimant is disabled and describes for each major body system impairments that are severe enough to prevent a person from engaging in any gainful activity. Currently there are over 100 listed impairments.

The Listing of Impairments discusses what kinds of medical evidence should be reviewed and how the SSA evaluates signs, symptoms, laboratory results, diagnostic testing findings, responses to prescribed treatment and functional limitations to determine the severity of impairments. If the evidence proves the existence of all of the criteria required by one of the impairment listings then the claimant meets the Listing and will be found disabled.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

What Functional Capacity Questions Are Asked At The Social Security Disability Hearing?

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

At the Social Security disability hearing the claimant will be asked about their functional capacity limitations by the judge or their attorney, such as:

Are you limited in the use of your shoulders, arms, wrists or hands?
Describe your limitations?
Are you able to reach your arms above shoulder level?
Are you able to use your hands for repetitive movements?
How long can you sit comfortably in one spot?
How long can you stand in one spot?
Do you have difficulty walking?
How far can you walk?
Do you need a cane or crutches to walk?
Do you have difficulty bending, stooping or crouching?
How much can you lift or carry?
Do you have any balance problems?

When testifying you need to give detailed information regarding your functional capacity limitations so the Social Security judge can determine if your limitations are severe enough to prevent you from working and make a favorable ruling in awarding you Social Security disability benefits.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney