Getting proof of your disability from your doctor
The treatment notes from your doctor can be used as proof of your disability provided they are an acceptable medical source. Social Security considers most medical professionals an acceptable treatment source, although they do not consider chiropractors an acceptable source.
Assuming your doctor is an acceptable source for Social Security, their medical treatment notes along with testing they have performed can be used as proof of your disability.
Objective testing might include but is not limited to blood tests, x rays, MRI, cat scans, psychological testing, catheterization, echocardiogram, colonoscopy, sonograms, etc.
Your doctor can also complete a statement that provides a diagnosis of your disabling condition, medication, treatment, response to treatment, their opinion of your limitations, and what your prognosis is.
A doctor's statement will be given weight during your disability determination. However, it is important that all doctor statements be substantiated with objective medical treatment. Your doctor is more familiar with you and the affects of your disabling conditions, thus their opinion can be invaluable proof for your disability claim.
Social Security will request and pay for all of the treatment notes from the doctors you provide with your disability application. You may have to ask your doctor to complete the physician's statement and perhaps even pay them to complete it.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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