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

Can my doctor get me my disability benefits?

There are more than a few individuals who have the idea that when Social Security decides to approve or deny a disability claim, this decision is based on a few words from their doctor. No, it doesn’t work that way.

So, the simple answer to this question is no. Social Security uses its own criteria to establish if you are disabled. And while a disability examiner or a judge at a hearing is relying on information in a doctor’s medical records (or a hospital or clinic’s), a simple statement from a doctor will not suffice. Ultimately, what Social Security is looking for in medical records falls into one of two possible categories:

One: that you have a medical condition that meets the disability requirements of a listing in the SSA blue book.

Two: if you do not have a listing-level condition, that your condition makes it impossible to go back to your past work or do any other type of work, based on your age, limitations, education, and skills.

A claimant’s doctor will never be in the position of deciding if someone gets disability benefits. Probably, 99 percent of all doctors have no real idea how Social Security even makes it decision.

However, while your doctor does not decide if you are disabled, their opinion can be useful to your disability claim. This is usually true at a disability hearing, of course. At a hearing, the decision maker is an administrative law judge and a disability representative, often a disability attorney, is typically involved and presents a case for approval. Integral to this is usually the submission of medical source statements (which are basically residual functional capacity forms) that have been gotten from an individual’s doctor or doctors.

While some would say that disability examiners who work at the lower claim levels are trained to give weight to a treating physician’s opinion provided their records support that opinion, the honest truth is that disability examiners (who work on disability applications and reconsideration hearings) do not give much credence to the opinions of treating physicians.

Even at a disability hearing, where a medical source statement from a doctor can help win a case, your doctor cannot simply write a statement saying you are disabled. It must be shown by the records and/or a doctor’s statement, that you have specific physical and/or mental limitations that reduce the ability to do work activity.

They (your doctors) can, of course, complete a physician’s statement, i.e. medical source statement, that includes a diagnosis, medical treatment, response to medical treatment and medications, prognosis, and their opinion as to the limitations imposed upon you by your disabling conditions.

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?

Related pages:

How Many Times Will Social Security Disability Deny You before You Get Approved for Disability?
What is a Social Security Disability Denial based on?
What Are The Reasons For Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied?
What should be done if your disability is denied?
Are there ways to avoid being denied for SSI or Social Security Disability?

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