As you progress through your case, your Long Beach Social Security disability attorney will explain different ways that you can prove your disability claim. One such strategy that your Long Beach Social Security disability attorney may suggest is having witnesses that can testify about your disability. While you may have medical testimony from healthcare providers submitted as evidence, your Long Beach Social Security disability attorney may also suggest having lay witnesses testify on your behalf.
How This HelpsYour Long Beach Social Security disability attorney can explain that honest and informed testimony from non-expert witnesses can sometimes be the deciding factor in disability cases.
Selecting WitnessesYour Long Beach Social Security disability attorney will not be able to bring your entire group of friends and family members to testify. Instead, your Long Beach Social Security disability lawyer will select a few witnesses that he or she believes will add to the testimony that you provide. You may have a few witnesses in mind, and you can assist in the screening process. Mark those individuals off the list who are not interested in testifying, those who have difficulty communicating and those who lack firsthand knowledge of your impairment.
Types of WitnessesCommon lay witnesses include a claimant's spouse, children, other family members and close friends. However, these individuals are often so close to the claimant that their objectivity may be questioned. Other witnesses that your Long Beach Social Security disability lawyer may suggest you bring are former employers, colleagues, fellow church members and members of professional groups.
If you would like more information about lay witnesses, contact James Dolenga at 1-866-772-5299.