What Your Family and Friends Should Say in Their Written Statements
Experienced Ocala Social Security disability lawyers understand that it may be impossible to present live testimony from everyone you may want to testify on your behalf. The time scheduled for the hearing is limited and some witnesses may have schedule conflicts that keep them from attending. When live testimony of a particular witness is not possible, a written statement from the witness is the next best thing.
Avoid Using a Generic Letter
A skilled disability lawyer will avoid using the stereotyped letter. Letters which in effect state, “I have known Mr. Smith for 15 years; he is a hard worker and needs help because he is disabled,” signed by a dozen or more people may not be of much value in assisting you in your Ocala disability case. Nor are carbon copies of the same letter with different signatures.
Personal Statements Are Best
The most effective written statement from a witness will be unique and individual. The statement should:
- Be personalized.
- Explain the relationship of the witness to the claimant.
- State how long they have known each other.
- Detail how the witness has particular knowledge of the claimant.
- Relate observations of the claimant in as much specificity and preciseness as possible.
If a witness statement is necessary in your Ocala disability case, your disability lawyer will provide the witness with instructions and tips on how to prepare the statement and what types of information the statement should provide and what it should omit.
The expertise of an Ocala Social Security disability lawyer is invaluable when preparing a written statement from lay witnesses regarding your impairments and your inability to perform sustained work on a regular and continuing basis. If you are seeking Social Security disability benefits and would like help with your claim, contact dedicated Ocala Social Security disability lawyer Claudeth J. Henry. Your initial consultation is free.