How Witness Letters Can Help Win Social Security Disability Claims

How Witness Letters Can Help Win Social Security Disability Claims

Friend Witness Letter for SSDI

If you’ve experienced a condition, such as an injury or illness, that prevents you from going back to work, then you may want to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, it’s important to understand that there are a lot of factors that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will take into account in order to determine your eligibility. Including, how long your condition will last. Also, whether you can prove your condition or its symptoms as a qualifying disability.

This means that you will need to submit documentation proving your condition. For example, documents such as hospital records and documents containing an official diagnosis by your doctor. However, you should also consider getting an SSDI witness letter to help build your case as well.

What is an SSDI Witness Letter?

An SSDI witness letter is a letter written by someone who has first-hand knowledge about your condition. Also, someone who has “witnessed” the difficulties you have in terms of how your condition limits your ability to function. Basically, it’s almost like a testimony detailing that you do in fact have a condition and it does, in fact, affect your day-to-day life.

There are several people from who you may be able to request SSDI witness letters. If you have a caregiver, then getting them to write an SSDI witness letter can be very helpful. Especially, since they know exactly what kind of tasks your condition prevents you from being able to do.

An SSDI witness letter from your previous employer can work as well. This can be tough for some people to request, especially if they were let go from their previous position. However, if an employer can explain why you were let go and how your performance was most likely linked to your condition, it can be compelling evidence for the Social Security Administration that your condition really does render you incapable of performing your job.

One thing to keep in mind before you begin asking for SSDI witness letters is that you should limit the number of letters you submit along with your SSDI application. Don’t try to collect as many letters as possible as this will just dilute the message. Focus on collecting one or two powerful SSDI witness letters to help strengthen your case. You don’t want to submit any letters that don’t make a compelling case, after all.

What Should be in an SSDI Witness Letter?

The following are some of the things that you will want to have in your SSDI witness letter.

  • A first-hand account – The witness should only include their first-hand account of your disability and how it has affected you. Do not add any hearsay.
  • Relationship of the witness to you – The Social Security Administration will want to know how the witness knows you. This relationship helps determine the relevancy of information shared. For example, if your spouse has written your SSDI witness letter, then any information about how your condition changed your home life becomes relevant. However, they won’t be able to accurately detail how your condition affected your ability to work.
  • Descriptions of your life before and after – Whoever writes your witness letter, they should describe what you were like and what you were able to do prior to your condition as well as how you changed following your condition. This contrast is important to establish how much your condition has affected your life.
  • Witness contact information – The Social Security Administration may want to follow up with your witness, so make sure they include an email or phone number.

Make sure that if someone agrees to write you an SSDI witness letter that you ask them to include these things. Doing so makes it as effective as possible in helping you to build your case.

Request a Free SSDI Consultation

Getting someone with a first-hand account of how your disability has affected you to write an SSDI witness letter can be extremely beneficial. However, there are other things you’ll want to do to qualify for SSDI as well. For a free consultation regarding your SSDI application, contact us at Social Security Disability Advocates USA by calling (602) 952-3200 today.

 

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

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