You have a legal right to appear in person to present your case for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits directly to the administrative law judge (ALJ). Most claimants wisely choose to get an attorney to represent them if they've reached this level of appeal -- so, is it better to just let your attorney handle the whole thing and skip the hearing? After all, there's plenty of evidence in your file that supports your claim.
A report titled "Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities" was published by researchers at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on May 9. Its authors concluded that too little focus is placed on assessing an applicant's work-related functional abilities when making Social Security disability determinations.