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Can your doctor get you approved for Social Security Disability or SSI?



 
I just found this statement written in a forum post: "My doctor is going to try and get me on Social Security Disability".

This, of course, begs at least a couple of questions, which are "What role does your doctor play in the Social Security Disability process?" and "Can your doctor actually get you approved for disability?".

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Both these questions can be addressed in this way. Your personal doctor or treating physician has no direct influence on the outcome of a Social Security Disability or SSI disability claim. That decision is left completely up to the adjudicator.



If your claim for benefits is at the initial claim level (the application level) or the first appeal level (known as the reconsideration or review), then that decision will be made by a disability examiner. If your disability claim is at the disability hearing level, that decision will be made by an administrative law judge.

So, what input will your doctor provide on your disability claim? Actually, this is limited to two aspects. Your doctor can provide medical records if those records are requested by the social security administration (i.e. a disability examiner or a disability judge). Your doctor can also provide a detailed statement that supports your claim for disability. If your doctor does this, of course, the statement he or she provides should focus on indicating your level of functional restriction. In other words, how does your condition limit your ability to perform daily activities and to work.








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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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