Witness testimony is critical in winning your case. For testimony to be persuasive, your Detroit social security disability attorney will need to extract important information from witnesses.
Occasionally the goal of using lay testimony is simply to substantiate your testimony. The following exchange is an illustration of how your Detroit Social Security disability attorney can achieve this:
Q: How often do you have the chance to observe the claimant?
A: Every day.
Q: You were present throughout the claimant’s testimony, right?
Q: If I asked you the same questions that you heard asked of the claimant, would you give answers that are same or practically the same as the answers from the claimant?
Q: From what you observed of the claimant, do you believe he testified truthfully here today?
A: Yes he has.
Before and After Testimony
Sometimes your Detroit Social Security disability attorney will try to prompt “before” and “after” testimony from lay witnesses. This kind of testimony compares your condition prior to your disability and your current functioning capacity, and is most effective when the witness includes key observations of your disability.
An example of a bad “before and “after” testimony would be your wife testifying that you are disabled, suffer from emphysema, and that the two of you desperately need the money. This testimony does not highlight other observations but only draws conclusions.
In a more effective testimony, she would testify that she has –
• personally known you for 28 years and has been married to you for 26 years,
• known that you have always been a industrious worker and an effective provider, and that you are now distressed over no longer being able to provide for the family,
• started working to support the family because of your illness, and she has made a start.
It is even better if she also provides her observation about how you’re affected by the impairments. She would indicate how they limit your actions, especially those involving work function, and confirms your medical routine. She can explain in compelling detail that you –
• keep her awake most of the night with your incessant coughing
• seemingly struggle with even lifting a gallon of milk from the refrigerator
• recently tried to lift a two-year-old grandchild and dropped him
• gave up smoking last year and often use an intermittent positive pressure breathing machine in addition to taking prescribed medication but still struggle to breathe after walking to the mailbox placed only 50 feet from the front door.
If you have been disabled recently, you may be entitled to SS disability benefits. Call the law offices of Marc J. Shefman at (248) 298-3003 for immediate legal representation in your case. Marc J. Shefman is an established Detroit Social Security disability attorney who can gather all the facts about your case and present a convincing case to the SSA in order to obtain SS disability benefits.