How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay
What if your doctor does not support your SSD or SSI claim?
If you are considering filing a disability claim with Social Security, it is a very good idea to get a complete copy of your medical records. Be careful to get all of your medical records not just the summary notes available through your medical care provider portal, because they do not include all of your doctor’s notations.
You should read your medical records carefully, because you may find negative commentary. Patients are often surprised by their physician’s remarks.
What if you find your doctor does not support your disability claim?
It certainly is not an optimal situation. If your doctor does not support your filing for disability, you really have two choices at this juncture. And that is to file and hope that the disability claims specialist ignores the lack of support from your treating physician and concentrates on the medical evidence contained in your medical records, or you find a new treating physician. The latter is only an advantage if you establish an ongoing patient-doctor relationship that includes multiple visits.
Also, it would be good if they could provide an opinion as to the limitations imposed upon you by your condition, your response to treatment, and their opinion as to your ability to work.
If you are unable to get another doctor, the disability specialist will still consider the medical evidence contained in your medical records. If they feel that your doctor's opinion is not supported by your objective medical evidence they make their determination without considering your doctor's negative remarks. Or they may schedule a consultative examination with an independent medical source to clarify your medical evidence.
Note: See: Calling Social Security about a Disability Exam that was scheduled. Also: Social Security Consultative Medical Exams and How they affect Disability Claims.
In conclusion, you might have a harder time getting approved for disability benefits if your treating doctor does not support your filing for disability, but it is not impossible for you to be approved provided you have good objective medical evidence that supports a finding of disabled.
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Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?
How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?
Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved
What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?
What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Receiving a Disability Award Letter
Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
Applying for disability in your state
Most popular topics on SSDRC.com
Social Security Disability SSI Questions
The listings, list of disabling impairments
Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?
Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials
How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application
Filing for disability - when to file
How to apply for disability - where to apply
Qualifications for disability benefits
How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits
Qualifying for Disability - The Process
How to get disability for depression
Getting disability for fibromyalgia
SSI disability for children with ADHD
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips
More Social Security Disability SSI Questions
Social Security Disability SSI definitions
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
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Who can help me file for disability?
Can I supplement my disability with part-time work?
How does age affect a Social Security Disability or SSI case?
Applying for disability based on stroke, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and fatigue
Can you win disability without enough credits?
When someone files for disability how many years of medical records do they need?
Can I get SSDI and a company pension at the same time?
Can you receive SSI and Social Security retirement at the same time?
Can I work while appealing an unfavorable Social Security decision?
Will my SSDI go down when I move?
What should you expect at a Social Security Disability psychological exam?
Will my disability back pay go back to the day I became disabled?
Can Social Security deny you because of no mental evaluation?
What if your doctor does not support your SSD or SSI claim?
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
Permanent Social Security Disability
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
Who is eligible for SSI disability?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.
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