Lay Witness Testimony in Your Social Security Disability Case

Posted on September 25, 2014 by cjblog

Ocala Social Security disability benefits lawyerAttention to details can make all the difference in your Social Security disability case. Our Ocala Social Security disability lawyer can help clients find witnesses who can testify on your behalf.

The Reliability of Lay Witness Testimony

Lay witness testimony can help the Social Security Administration make a decision in your case as a non-medical person explains how the injuries or illness affects an applicant and their ability to work. Testimony from these lay witnesses might include a claimant’s efforts to work, their restrictions, limits on daily activities and other relevant factors. For example, family members might describe the difference in abilities before and after an accident.

Lay Witnesses Can Help Prove Your Case

The SSA will focus on determining the level of residual functional capacity or RFA. The agency relies on evidence from a wide variety of sources, including lay witnesses. They want to hear the full scope of your limitations as observed by those who are closest to you, medical professionals and any others who can provide relevant input. They will also need the date that your disability began. If medical evidence is unavailable, the SSA will listen to lay witnesses called by your Ocala Social Security disability attorney. With your consent, the SSA also permits your Ocala Social Security disability lawyer to call your employer to testify in your case.

A knowledgeable Ocala Social Security disability lawyer can guide you through the confusing maze of obtaining benefits. If you are uncertain about who should provide testimony at a Social Security disability hearing, call the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC, at 352.304.5300.

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