If you have a disability hearing you may want to bring a loved one to testify on your behalf. After all they are the ones who see what you are going through on a day to day basis. They also know how you were before your conditions began. While your friends or family’s testimonies can give the judge a clear picture of what is going on with you, they are often not allowed to be at the hearing. For most judges, only the claimant and disability lawyer are allowed to actually attend a hearing. Luckily, we can submit your loved ones testimonies as evidence prior to the hearing.
Having your family, friends, and former co-workers write short letters to the judge can be beneficial to your hearing. They can describe how your conditions are affecting you on a day to day basis. These letters can be submitted as evidence that the judge will read prior to the hearing. If you have a disability attorney you can get the letter to them. Otherwise, this letter will need to be submitted directly to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
What Should Testimonial Letters Include?
It is important to remember that for these testimonial letters to remember that the writer isn’t a physician. The judge will not be interested with letters from friends or family that merely states the diagnosis and what that conditions affects are. The judge will already have medical records that give them this information. Rather, these letters can do a great job painting a picture of what day to day life is for the person applying for disability. If you are writing a testimonial letter for your wife, mention how she is able to function from day to day. Do you need to help her brush her hair in the morning? Mention that. Any difficulties with everyday tasks should be mentioned as well as any special accommodations that must be made.
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