Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Disability Advice Tips
How long do cases take?
How to win Disability
SSD Mistakes to avoid
Disability for Mental
What if you get denied?
How to file Appeals
Disability through SSA
SSI Disability Benefits
Disability for Children
How do I qualify for it?
Working and Disability
Disability Award Notice
Disability Lawyer Q&A
Disability Conditions List
What is a disability?
Your Medical Evidence
Filing for your Disability
SSD SSI Definitions
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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.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Problems in Getting Disability Forms Completed by a Doctor
What should you get from your doctor to file for disability benefits?
Can a letter from a doctor get you approved for disability?
Can you be approved for disability without having to go to a hearing?
Does Social Security approve a disability application the first time?
Medical Evidence Used on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim
Social Security Disability and speaking with your doctor
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Do I need an attorney to win disability?
How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical conditions
Social Security Disability lawyer fee
Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Going to a medical exam for Social Security Disability or SSI
Filing for disability - How to file the disability application
Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Maximum back pay you can get from Social Security Disability or SSI
How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?