How to Prepare Witnesses for Social Security Hearings

For information on how to prepare witnesses for hearings, contact a Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer with Bridgman Law Offices at (704) 815-6055.

Witnesses

Your Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer can explain that it is important to help prepare your witnesses but that you do not want them to sound rehearsed. There are a few steps that your Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer can take to make this happen.

Preliminary Interview

Your Charlotte Social Security disability law firm may conduct a preliminary interview with your witnesses. This gives him or her the chance to see how witnesses will likely perform under pressure so that he or she can select the best witnesses. He or she may tell this potential witness about ways that he or she can provide the most effective testimony.

Observations

Your Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer may emphasize the importance of telling the judge things that you have seen. Simply repeating a diagnosis does not provide helpful evidence. Likewise, it is not helpful for a witness to say that you are disabled or some other term along these lines. A court is responsible for finding whether or not you are disabled, and this statement is merely conclusory. Instead, your Social Security disability lawyer may advise your witness to mention certain situations in which he or she observed how your medical condition affects you, such as a neighbor who has had to offer help because you could not carry groceries or a friend who has to constantly repeat words because you did not hear or understand them.

If you would like more information on how to prepare witnesses for hearings, contact the Bridgman Law Offices at (704) 815-6055.