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Does Your Doctor Decide If You Get Disability Benefits from Social Security or SSI?




 
Social Security disability involves much more than a medical opinion from your doctor. Social Security disability determinations involve medical information, vocational information (regarding your jobs), as well as an individual's age, education, and residual functional capacity (what you are able to do despite the limitations of your disabling conditions).

Your doctor cannot determine if you are disabled because your doctor does not know A) the listing criteria established in the Social Security disability handbook nor B) what vocational guidelines might affect your eligibility for Social Security disability or SSI benefits. Your doctor may feel that you are disabled from your work activity based upon a medical opinion, but medical opinions do not always establish disability.

The Social Security definition of disability clearly states that the ability to perform substantial gainful work activity has to be considered no matter what an individualís disabling condition might be.

If you are still working full time, despite the fact that you have significant medical and/or mental problems, your disability claim is likely to be denied on the basis of work activity alone.

The definition of disability for Social Security disability states that an individual must have an illness that is likely to result in death, or that they have been unable to work for twelve months, or that they are expected to be unable to work for twelve months due to a physical or mental impairment.

When Social Security makes a medical determination, they must consider all of the aforementioned factors, and, as you can see, some of the factors are not medical in nature. Which explains why your doctor cannot decide if you get disability.

However, your doctor can help your disability case by providing a treating physicianís statement (a statement from the doctor who has a history of treating you; you may have more than one of these) that includes objective medical evidence (clinical notes, testing, etc), diagnosis, response to treatment, a prognosis, and what he or she feels that you are able to do including activities that are involved in a work setting.

This statement must be thorough and somewhat detailed in order to help your disability case. It is not enough to simply write that you are totally disabled and unable to work. Social Security disability is based upon residual functional capacity rather than any certain medical or mental conditions. If your residual functional capacity is severely limited by your disabling condition or conditions, you may be approved for disability.








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    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center



    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children




    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers




    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security




    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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




    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI






    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer




    Related pages:

    Can you receive short-term disability if you receive SSDI checks?
    Will my disability pay go back to the day I became disabled?
    How far back will they go on a disability back payment?
    How does Social Security Decide if I am Disabled?
    How Does Social Security Decide How Much I Get For Social Security Disability or SSI?
    How Will Social Security Decide a Disability Case that's filed?
    Who will decide my Social Security disability claim?
    Does Your Doctor Decide If You Get Disability Benefits from Social Security or SSI?
    How does Social Security Disability Decide if you can Work or Not?
    How does Social Security use Evidence to Decide an SSDI or SSI Disability Claim and Make a Decision?
    Will the disability examiner call my former employer about the type of work I did?
    Applying for disability in Illinois
    Disability Lawyers in Illinois
    Will I qualify for disability Benefits in Illinois?



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

    Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
    How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
    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?
    How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
    How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
    Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
    Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria