How a Doctor Can Help a Social Security Disability Case

How a Doctor Can Help a Social Security Disability Case

Living with a disability can be challenging on many fronts, including both physically and mentally. It is crucial to be proactive when applying for Social Security Disability to get the support you need.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides financial assistance to disabled individuals who are unable to hold substantial gainful employment. There are two main types of assistance the SSA provides:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): This is determined by disability and work credits, and is for individuals who have worked and paid into the Social Security system.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): This is for individuals with limited income and who have a disability.

Your application is not guaranteed to be approved, so it is important to learn how a doctor can help you with your Social Security Disability case.

How Can a Doctor Help My Claim?

Your doctor can be a vital resource to securing your Social Security disability benefits. The process of gathering your medical forms and involving your doctor can be tedious and complex, so you should craft a plan ahead of time with your SSDI lawyer. Here are some of the ways you can make the most of your doctor’s visit when navigating Social Security disability:

  • Time Management: Doctors are almost always very busy, so preparing for an appointment with a list of your medical problems, and the ways they affect your ability to function properly, can be vital to making the most of your brief time in the doctor’s office.
  • Documentation Planning: Limit your disability descriptions to a page or two to ensure it is tactful and to the point. When requested by SSA, your doctors will submit an objective and factual report based on what you outlined.
  • Understanding your Doctor’s role: Your doctor’s essential role is to diagnose your condition and document your diagnosis and treatment history, which is vital when it comes to proving your case for benefits. If your doctor agrees with your descriptions and documentation of your injury, you may ask them to write a statement to the SSA.

Medical professionals play an important part in verifying your disabilities, but their job is not to spend extra time helping you with your claim. That job can be done with a Social Security Disability attorney from our firm.

Speak With an Attorney About How a Doctor’s Opinion Fits Into Your SSDI Claim

The process of filing or appealing a Social Security claim can be frustrating and exhausting, even when your doctor has provided all the information you need. Having an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side can make all the difference. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law

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