In addition to your testimony for Detroit disability lawyer and the testimony of lay witnesses, one or more expert witnesses might offer testimony at your Detroit disability hearing.
A medical expert may be called to testify if, for example:
— Your case involves a complicated medical issue;
— The judge has questions about whether your impairment meets or equals a Listing impairment;
— The judge needs an expert’s help to complete the required psychiatric review technique form, in a case involving a mental impairment;
— The “onset date” of your disability must be inferred from the medical evidence;
— There is an issue as to whether you failed to follow prescribed treatment; or
— There is a question about your residual functional capacity.
The medical expert’s role will be to interpret the medical reports and records in your case and help the judge understand the nature and severity of your impairment. The expert’s opinions will be based upon the medical records and testimony presented at the hearing, not on personal experience in treating you.
A vocational expert may be called to testify about the type of work you engaged in over the past 15 years, including your particular job duties and the nature of the work (e.g., “sedentary,” “light,” or “medium”). The expert will opine as to whether you are able to do any of your past jobs and, if not, whether you are able to perform any other type of job. In general, the main goal of the vocational expert’s testimony will be to establish that you are able to work and, therefore, not “disabled” under the law.
If your hearing letter states that a medical or vocational expert will testify in your case, an experienced Detroit disability lawyer can help you deal effectively with this testimony. If you are not currently represented, and you would like to talk with me about your upcoming hearing, please contact me.