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Getting letters from doctors to help win disability benefits

Letters from doctors can definitely help to win Social Security Disability and SSI cases but there are times when it can be difficult to obtain such a letter. Why is it Difficult to get a Doctor's help on a Social Security Disability Case?


1. Should you get a Statement from a Personal Physician for your SSD or SSI Disability Case?
2. Will Social Security Attempt To Get A Letter From Your Doctor To Help Your Case?
3. Will my doctor charge me for a letter for my social security disability claim?
4. Why does Social Security or DDS disregard my doctor's statement supporting my case?
5. Social Security Disability Doctor, Supportive Statements

Even addressing this particular question presupposes that many doctors are reluctant, or even unwilling, to help their patients with their social security disability case. Unfortunately, this is sometimes the reality. In the area of disability representation, I have found it to be true that many doctors will ---

A) Completely refuse to provide a detailed, supporting letter

B) Will agree to complete and provide a statement but will provide one that is ineffective because it lacks any useful information about a claimant's functionality (which is needed to establish whether or not a claimant can return to their past work or perform some type of other work).

C) Will agree to provide the type of residual functional capacity statement that is needed by a claimant or a claimant's disability attorney, but only in return for a ridiculous fee (believe it or not, some doctors will try to charge as much as five hundred dollars for a statement that should only take ten to 15 minutes).

Working in claimant representation, I have had physicians tell me on the phone that they simply do not fill out forms or write letters to help their patients who are filing for disability. Why does this happen? My own estimation is that too many doctors simply do not want to be bothered with taking time from their busy schedules.

The unfortunate reality for many claimants is that, though a statement from a doctor may help them to win their social security disability case at a hearing, their doctor may not assist them.

Despite this reality, however, a claimant should always make the attempt to get a completed statement from their doctor in support of their case. Further yet, if the doctor expresses reluctance in doing this, they should not give up. I have personally been involved in situations in which a physician finally agreed to supply a statement (or complete a form, such as a residual functional capacity form ) after several requests had been made.

Of course, claimants who do not feel comfortable in making such requests and who are represented by a disability lawyer may never have to do this on their own. Typically, a social security disability representative will, in the course of preparing a case for hearing, attempt to gain a supporting statement from a claimant's treating physician

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

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If you receive disability, can you work and supplement your income?
How to file for disability in New Mexico
Filing for disability with arthritis, osteoarthritis
Should you get a Disability Lawyer before you File
When do you get a letter about your disability benefit amount?
Applying for SSD and SSI at the same time
Help from a disability attorney
Permanent disability benefits
Eligible for disability back pay benefits
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
How to file for disability in Connecticut
When do I get my disability check and back pay check?
Decision by the judge at a disability hearing

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

How to check the status of my Social Security disability claim
To qualify for disability, what to prove
Preparation to win a disability hearing
Social Security Disability lawyers FAQ
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
What does Social Security Disability SSI pay, how much?
Social Security Disability Maximum back pay
Social Security Disability Claims and Medical Exams
What is qualifying for disability benefits based on?
Partial Social Security Disability SSI benefits
Filing for disability and financial help
Getting approved after a Social Security Disability Psychological exam
How long does it take to receive disability benefits after you are approved?
Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?
Applying for Disability or SSI - How long does it take
Can you work if you get Social Security Disability?
Am I eligible to receive disability benefits?
What medical disabilities, conditions qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to get disability for degenerative disc disease
What mental problems qualify for disability?
Conditions that get approved for disability