Medical Expert Testimony Deserves to be Challenged by an Attorney
Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2012 - The presence of a medical expert at a Social Security disability hearing means the claimant needs to be represented by a qualified attorney who knows how to cross examine people in the health care field.
A claimant can ask a judge to delay so that they can find an attorney who can represent them. Many claimants try to take on these hearings without an attorney and come face-to-face with a medical expert who is not being challenged by a professional.
“Claimants who are serious about their case before the Social Security Administration see the value of having an experienced attorney arguing their case,” said Brandon Social Security disability attorney David Magann. “Experience with disability hearings means an attorney knows the right questions to ask and the right objections to raise.”
Claimants should meet with a qualified attorney prior to the day of the hearing, Magann said. Last-minute, day-of representatives and non-attorneys can miss important opportunities to represent a client and can even let medical expert testimony go uncontested.
“It is a huge mistake to allow medical ‘expert’ testimony to go uncontested,” Magann said. “There are too many opportunities there for the SSA to paint a claimant in a bad light and an experienced disability lawyer can prevent that from happening.”
For example, the medical expert could be an internist testifying about an orthopedic issue or the other way around. “It seems like common sense to ask these questions,” Magann said. “But there are so many possible problems that can arise with medical expert testimony, it is just smarter to have an experienced attorney there to ask the right questions.”
David W. Magann, P.A.
156 W. Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
Call: (813) 657-9175
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