Key Points for Your Lay Witnesses
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At your Social Security disability hearing, yourCharlotte Social Security disability lawyer might call lay witnesses who can testify about you and your impairment. This can often be the deciding factor in your claim. Here are some questions that your Charlotte Social Security disability lawyer might ask a lay witness in your case.
- Have you observed the claimant in pain?
- How frequently is the claimant in pain?
- What made you think the claimant was in pain?
- Does the claimant get tired easily?
- What kinds of activities wear the claimant out? Does the claimant need to stop to rest after?
- Have you observed the claimant having difficulty walking or performing other activities?
- As far as you have seen, how far can the claimant walk without having to stop to rest? How long would the claimant have to rest before resuming?
- What other signs of the claimant’s reduced ability have you seen?
- Is the claimant moving or doing things at a slower pace than normal? How severe is the difference?
- Can you give a relative comparison or percentage of how much slower the claimant’s pace is than the normal person’s pace?
Your Charlotte Social Security disability attorney might also ask about your mental state.
- Have you observed the claimant in emotional distress, such as depression, panic attacks, social withdrawal, or crying spells?
- How often do these episodes happen?
- How long do they last?