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Why does Social Security or DDS disregard my doctor's statement supporting my case?

The answer to that is a little complex. Disability examiners at DDS, or disability determination services, operate in a very different environment from disability judges at the hearing offices. Examiners have supervisors and supervisors tend to hold down the number of approvals that are made in their case processing units.

Why does this occur? Because the disability quality branch tends to focus much more on approved cases than denied cases making approvals more likely to come back as "returns" to a state's DDS agency, thereby creating an incentive for supervisors to hold down the number of disability claim approvals.

I think that this fact contributes in some cases to physician statements being disregarded. However, to be truthful, in some cases those physician statements do not say what needs to be said. I have seen many physician statements simply state "my patient is disabled". That sort of statement is completely useless on a disability claim.

A supporting statement needs to be detailed, and specifically list the ways in which a person is limited; for example, how long can they sit or stand, how much can they lift frequently or occasionally, do they have difficulty reaching, bending, stooping, etc? That is the type of information that the Social Security administration is actually looking for. They want to know how a person's condition actually affects them on a daily basis with regard to what they can and cannot do.

This kind of information can be captured, and can help to win a case, on something known as a medical source statement.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Social Security Disability Doctor, Supportive Statements
How does a Medical Source Statement (RFC Form) help win a disability Claim?
Will my doctor charge me for a letter for my social security disability claim?
Letters from doctors for Social Security Disability
How to win disability benefits
How to prove you are disabled and win disability benefits
Why does Social Security or DDS disregard my doctor's statement supporting my case?
When you file for disability do you have to see their doctors?
Social Security Disability Approval and Denial Rates
Social Security Attorneys and Disability Representatives
Disability lawyers - basic questions for Social Security help

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to file for disability and the information needed by Social Security
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?
Filing and applying for disability in Texas