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Will You Be Denied For Disability If Your Records Indicate You Can Return To Work?
There is no denying that it does not help an individualís disability claim if their medical records state that they can return to work. However, Social Security disability determinations must be based upon objective medical evidence from acceptable medical sources (physicians, psychologists, etc.). This means that a simple statement that an individual can return to work may not carry that much wait if the medical evidence contained in the records does not support the doctorís opinion (as to the individualís ability to return to work).
Very often, individuals who receive treatment for work related injuries go to doctors who are paid by the company they work for. Obviously, it is in the best interest of the company if the doctor indicates that the employee can return to work. There are so many reasons that medical record statements may diminish the degree of limitation that an individual actually has.
Sometimes, these statements occur simply because the individual has reached maximum medical improvement and the doctor states that they can go back to work. Of course, the doctor often does not elaborate as to what work the individual might be able to do considering their residual functional capacity (what they are able to do despite the limitations of their condition).
So there is no reason to just assume that an individualís disability claim will be denied just because there is a mention that they can return to work in their records. Each disability case is evaluated upon its medical evidence. Additionally, even if an individualís disability claim is denied at the initial disability claim level, they can use the Social Security disability appeal process to win their benefits. If an individual appeals their disability claim through the administrative law judge hearing they have a very good chance of being approved for disability.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
If I Get Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
What Are The Reasons For Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied?
What happens if you get denied for social security disability three times?
Why Will A Social Security Disability Application Get Denied?
How Many Times Will Social Security Disability Deny You before You Get Approved for Disability?
Can You Avoid Being Denied on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
What happens if a reconsideration for Social Security Disability or SSI is denied?
What should be done if your disability is denied?
How do you appeal if you are denied for Social Security disability or SSI?
Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?
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.
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