The success of your Social Security disability hearing hinges on how well you and your attorney prepare for it. Your Ocala disability lawyer will look over your file and determine what is necessary to win your case, as well as the best way to prove it to a judge. Your attorney should gather medical reports, physician’s reports and any other pertinent information. Likely, your attorney will prepare you for the hearing by meeting with you at least a day before and communicating with any witnesses who are expected to testify on your behalf.
Your job before the hearing is to determine who will make truthful, helpful witnesses for your case. An ideal witness is someone who not only knows you, but is aware of the medical difficulties you experience and can articulate them to a judge.
Your Ocala disability attorney can tell you that it is acceptable to have spouses or close friends testify if there is no one else. However, the most helpful witnesses are ones who are not related to you, because judges may find them more impartial. Good witnesses may be former employers, coworkers, church leaders and neighbors. If you have someone you would like to suggest as a potential witness, consult your lawyer. The best time to notify your attorney is when you learn of your hearing date.
Your Ocala disability lawyer will inform you that it also is beneficial to get friends and family to write letters on your behalf. For the most part, the more letters, the greater the impact on your case. A good idea is to have your counsel type up a memo that outlines how to write a successful letter and then give it to family and friends.
Coming up with witnesses and discussing your case with your attorney is important before a disability hearing. For more information, contact an Ocala disability lawyer at CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC: 352-304-5300.