An Iowa Disability Lawyer Lists Witness Questions

Hugh Field, a Waterloo disability lawyer illustrates how a witness might be questioned during a Social Security disability case and what your Iowa disability lawyer may raise as questions.

Problems with Walking

  • Have you noticed if the claimant could walk comfortably or not?

  • Can the claimant walk any distance without stopping? How far is the distance? Please express the distance in city blocks, if possible. How long, in minutes, does a rest break last?

Hand and Arm Motion

  • Does the claimant show any problems with using their hands? Their arms? You will need to describe what you have seen for your Iowa disability attorney.

  • Have you seen them dropping things? Please describe.

Physical Suffering

  • Has the claimant ever indicated that their condition is causing them pain? If so, how often?

  • What indications have they shown?


  • How long can the claimant remain active before fatigue takes over? What might cause the claimant to succumb to fatigue? How long must they rest? 

Rate Of Activity

  • Have you seen a difference between how quickly the claimant does various activities and how fast a non-disabled person might do the same thing? I will ask the witness to describe the differences.

  • Can you make this comparison in a percentage format? What is your estimate?

Psychological Symptoms

  • I will wish to determine the mental and emotional state of the claimant by asking about any signs of distractedness, self-imposed isolation, sudden or prolonged bursts of tears, forgetfulness, etc.

  • What is the extent and frequency of such episodes?

Do Not Hesitate; Reach Out Today

If you are involved in a disability case, I as your Iowa disability lawyer can help you prepare for questioning. Contact me, Hugh Field today at (855) 801-1633 to discuss your case.