Hearing Questions: Can you bend, kneel, climb? All about postural limitations.

Help! I have a Disability Hearing!

What kind of postural limitations do you have?

Limitations are what keep you from being able to work. You will be asked whether you struggle with different types of activities, so the judge can help understand your limitations.

Postural limitations are just one of several different types of limitations. Postural limitations involve bending, twisting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing, and crawling.

Your claims need to be supported by your medical evidence, so please don’t exaggerate when answering questions.

Here are some of the questions you may be asked, to determine whether you have any postural limitations:

  • Do you have any difficulty with bending at the waist? What about twisting at the waist? Please describe why these are difficult for you.
  • What would happen if you kneel down to tie your shoes? If this is difficult for you, how do you manage to tie your shoes?
  • Can you bend over and pick up coins off the ground? Can you pick up laundry off the floor? What would happen if you did this every day (or several times a day, etc.)?
  • Do you struggle with stairs? What happens if you try to climb stairs? Do you have stairs in your home? Did you climb any stairs to get to your hearing, today?
  • Can you climb a ladder? If no, why not? What would happen if you tried to climb a ladder?
  • Do you have any difficulty with stooping (bending at the spine)? If so, what happens if you do this?

Why does your judge want to know if you have postural limitations? Some jobs require an employee to climb and balance. Many jobs require some sort of bending or stooping. The purpose of your hearing is for the judge to decide if there are jobs you might still be able to do, despite your postural (or other) limitations.

What if you don’t have postural limitations? As mentioned before, there are many different types of limitations. You do not have to have ALL, or even MOST, of them to be found “disabled.”

Every case is different. Every person experiences pain and other symptoms, differently. You will probably be asked some of the questions above, but not all of them. You may also be asked some different questions, depending on what your symptoms are.

If you need help describing your activities and limitations, be sure to talk to your lawyer, get an opinion letter from your doctor, or a witness letter from a friend or family member.

More articles in the “Help! I have a Disability Hearing!” series:

If we have not answered your questions about what to expect at your disability hearing, please keep checking back! Or, leave your question in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Best wishes on your upcoming hearing!

Originally published: November 29, 2017

 Last updated: November 29, 2017 at 9:29 am


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