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Questions for Non-Expert Witnesses at the Disability Hearing

  • Published: September 13, 2012

If your claim has been denied twice, you will likely be called to appear at a Social Security disability hearing before an administrative law judge. This is one instance in the process when Ocala disability attorneys can prove invaluable. During the hearing, so-called lay witnesses will almost certainly be called to give their account of how your disability has affected your life. These witnesses are generally selected from those individuals who are very close to you.

Sample Questions

Ocala disability attorneys can help discern which lay witnesses will best support your case. Usually just a select few witnesses are called. Among the questions that might be asked of them are:

Physical Limitations

  • Does the claimant have trouble walking? How far have you observed him walk without resting?
  • Does the claimant have trouble using his arms or hands? Does he have trouble grasping or carrying?
  • Does the claimant seem to be in pain while walking or using his arms? While at rest?
  • Does the claimant tire easily? How has his speed at performing basic tasks changed since his disability?

  Mental Effects of the Disability

  • Has the claimant exhibited emotional/mental distress since becoming disabled? (This can include depression, crying or panic spells, withdrawal from friends and the outside world, etc.)
  • Has the disability affected his attention span?
  • Does he have problems with memory or concentration?

Note that the witness will likely be asked to provide examples to support their opinion.

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Ocala disability attorneys may be very helpful in your quest to gain approval for your SSD application. If you become disabled, call the Law Offices of CJ Henry at (352) 304-5300.

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