Sarpy County SSDI Attorney: Mistakes to Avoid in Cross Examination

If the vocational expert is of the opinion that there is another job or jobs that someone with your impairments should be able to perform, effectively cross-examination by your attorney is arguably one of the most important parts of your Sarpy County disability appeal.

Unfortunately, an attorney who does a bad job cross-examinating can create even more problems for your case than the VE recommending other work. Let’s take a look at some common cross-examination mistakes.

  • Taking it personally – A skilled Sarpy County disability attorney won’t lose patience or argue with the witness.
  • Not understanding the goal – That’s getting the VE to say that there are no other jobs you are able to perform.
  • Gathering information during the cross-examination – The cross-examination process is about supporting your arguments, not building them.
  • Losing control of the testimony – It’s amazing how quickly a decent cross-examination can collapse into drama, chaos, or off-topic rambling. Every question must lead the witness toward dismissing any jobs they’ve suggested.
  • Asking irrelevant or inappropriate questions – Every question asked must be carefully tailored to get you closer to the goal.

Bringing good cross-examination techniques to the table is one of the most important things a Sarpy County disability attorney can do for you at this level of appeal. We offer knowledge, skill and even-handedness to the cross-examination process. Ready to learn more? Call Cuddigan Law at (402) 933-5405 today. Our information-packed report, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case, is yours for the asking.

Timothy J. Cuddigan
Omaha Social Security and Veterans Disability Lawyer With Over 40 Years Experience
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