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

Getting your doctor to help with your disability

If you have a Social Security Disability claim, nothing potentially helps your claim more than a physician’s opinion with regard to your disabling condition or conditions, and the resulting physical or mental functional limitations that result from it. That being said, the opinion cannot be simply that “you are disabled”. Your doctor’s opinion has to be substantiated by objective medical evidence and presented in a certain way to be valuable to your disability claim.

Your doctor can do this a couple of ways. They can complete a Mental Residual Functional Report (MRFC) or a Physical Residual Functional Report (PRFC) for you. These forms can be sent to your doctor by the disability examiner. They provide a detailed report of your disabling condition along with functional limitations caused by your condition. Some doctors do not like to take the time to complete these forms; however, if possible, they are very helpful.

If your doctor does not wish to complete either of these forms, perhaps they could consider a physician statement. This is referred to as a medical source statement. A medical source statement is actually what a disability representative or disability attorney who is preparing a case for a disability hearing, is more likely to attempt to have completed by a claimant’s physician(s).

This statement must contain a diagnosis, treatment, and response to treatment, medications, and a prognosis. Your doctor should also include an opinion as to the limitations caused by your conditions and your potential ability to work when these limitations are considered.

The medical source statement sent to a doctor by a disability representative or disability lawyer will most likely be a canned multipage check-off form. Sometimes, the form is designed to specifically address one specific medical condition, or, more often, the form does not address one impairment but still allows the doctor to address the patient’s various functional limitations in great detail. This, of course, allows the judge to have a very clear presentation of whether or not an individual’s condition meets the Social Security definition of disability that is used for SSD and SSI claims.

Essential Questions

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Related pages:

Getting proof of your disability from your doctor
Social Security Disability Doctor, Supportive Statements
Can a letter from a doctor get you approved for disability?
Process of Qualifying for Benefits
What is qualifying for disability based on?

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Do CE exams usually result in denials for disability?
Can I qualify for disability if I am working?
How to get disability, tip 1
Do CE exams usually result in denials for disability?
How long does it take to get approved for disability?
When to Appeal a Disability Denial
When does Social Security send you for a neurological exam?
Chances of winning Social Security Disability
Who can get SSI disability?
Can you get disability the first time you apply?
What is considered to be a disability for SSDI or SSI?
What determines your disability benefit amount?
How long does it take a disability judge to make a decision?

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.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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