Preparation for Your Social Security Hearing
If you have an upcoming disability hearing, you and your Disability Attorney in Indiana (Indiana disability lawyers) will need to prepare in advance of your hearing date. You may need to take some initiative on your own and ask family members or friends to write letters on your behalf. These letters often help with Social Security claims. If you feel shy about asking relatives or friends to write letters, your lawyer may be willing to write a memo with suggested guidelines for them to use.
You may also further your case by thinking of witnesses who are willing to testify on your behalf at the disability hearing. A spouse or close friend may be able to testify in detail about your condition or symptoms. While your family members or close friends may often feel eager to help in any way they can, the judge might wonder whether they can testify objectively. It can be helpful to also include witnesses who know you personally but who have more objective viewpoints—these witnesses might include a former supervisor or coworker, landlord, neighbor, vocational counselor, minister or religious leader, or social worker. You should discuss potential witnesses with your lawyer.
In the meantime, your Indiana disability lawyers also have tasks to complete in preparation for your hearing. Your lawyer must review your Social Security file and identify the key legal issues required to win your case. Your lawyer will need to gather evidence from your medical records and other documents in support of your legal arguments. In addition, your lawyer may need to develop a strategy for witness testimony and make a plan for the hearing.
Shortly before your hearing date, your lawyer will discuss the hearing with you so that you know what to expect. You may need to have a meeting with your lawyer to talk about your impending testimony. If you feel nervous about the hearing, thorough preparation with your Indiana Social Security disability attorney may help you to feel more comfortable with the proceedings.
If you have questions about how to prepare for your hearing, contact our expert disability attorney in Indiana, Gene Arnholt.