Strategies for Giving Testimony in Your Social Security Disability Case

Clients of a Jacksonville Social Security disability attorney often ask questions about how Jacksonville Social Security disability attorneyto handle testifying in their case. Tell the Truth When Testifying A key factor in your case is the simplest: tell the truth. If the judge asks you a question, there is no reason to try to find an ulterior motive to consider whether or not the response will harm your case. Being honest about your abilities and limitations is the wise approach. If the judge doesn’t believe you are being truthful, it can significantly hurt your case and cause you to lose. Don’t act as if it is a drama and cry to fit in with the story. That is not to say that you should mask pain if you feel it. Simply Tell The Judge Your Story When you are explaining why you need Social Security disability benefits, it is your chance to inform the judge why your issues will keep you from being able to hold a job. When seeking Social Security disability benefits you should give examples and facts to show the judge that your limitations are sufficient to win your case. If you are testifying as to the date of an occurrence and are unsure as to the exact date, it’s not something to be concerned about. It’s okay to say you don’t remember. It won’t make the judge lean one way or the other regarding your testimony. You Will Be Asked About Various Aspects of Your Life The judge will ask you about your:
  1. History of employment;
  2. Level of education;
  3. Your medical history;
  4. What symptoms you suffer from;
  5. An estimation of your work limitations; and
  6. The daily activities you can perform.
Contact an Experienced Jacksonville Social Security Disability Lawyer If you have questions about your Social Security disability case, call disability lawyer John Fagan at 904-278-1000 today.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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