Your SSD lawyer in Detroit knows the importance of strong testimony from lay witnesses during your Social Security disability hearing. When you and your SSD lawyer in Detroit are contemplating lay witnesses for your hearing, choosing individuals who can provide detailed testimony coming from their observation of the incident as well as giving anecdotal evidence applicable to other similar incidents will be paramount.
The following examples illustrate what an SSD lawyer in Detroit knows makes the difference between weak and strong lay testimony.
Weak: I’m the personnel manager, and I think Jason should receive disability benefits because he already draws disability retirement from our company.
Strong: As ABC Company’s personnel manager, part of my responsibility is to help determine if a person is eligible for disability benefits under the company’s plan. An individual is considered disabled under our plan if he cannot perform his usual work or similar type work in the plant due to his impairments for a time period of not less than six months. Using that definition, we determined that Jason is disabled.
Your SSD lawyer in Detroit knows that the “weak” testimony is lacking in detail and information concerning the lay witness’s credentials and criterion for determining Jasons disability.
Weak: As the personnel manager for ABC Company, even though Jason has tried, he is too disabled to perform his previous work.
Strong: My job is personnel manager at the ABC Company. As such, I am well acquainted with the work Jason performed as a hand sander finishing furniture pieces. This work required Jason to not only stand eight hours per day, with usual breaks, but to also stoop, bend, work sometimes in an awkward position and lift as much as 30 lbs. His illness caused frequent absences, and one time the assembly line was shut down because he was absent. During the last five months Jason worked at ABC, he was absent 30 complete days and had to leave early on 15 other days. Although his work performance was satisfactory, we had to let him go due to his many absences. Doctor reports indicate Jason’s absences were due to treatments for a back condition.
Your SSD lawyer in Detroit knows the thoroughness, detail and personal involvement of the lay witness in the “strong” testimony gives a much more complete picture of the situation surrounding Jason’s impairment and work performance.
Weak: Being a hand sander is hard work. Jason can’t do it any more.
Strong: Jason and I worked together as hand sanders at ABC Company. We had to stand all day, except for the usual breaks, and work in lots of awkward positions in order to sand all the different surfaces of the furniture. Some of the furniture is heavy, up to 30 pounds, and we had to maneuver and lift it at times. We had quotas to meet, and good coordination and eyesight are required to do a good job. If Jason can’t do these things, he can’t do the work.
Your SSD attorney in Detroit knows that the close personal contact the “strong” witness had with the claimant, as well as a personal knowledge of exactly what the job required and the ability to communicate that knowledge, provides an effective testimony.
Obtaining an SSD Attorney in Detroit
Choosing effective lay witnesses is extremely important to your claim. If you would like to visit with an experienced and competent SSD attorney in Detroit, please call Marc J. Shefman at 248-298-3003. Call today to request a free consultation.