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Letters from doctors for Social Security Disability
Letters from doctors that simply state "My patient is disabled and unable to work" have little value in the eyes of a disability examiner or a federal judge. The social security disability system focuses on a claimant's remaining ability to work, despite their condition, and looks to compare objective evidence regarding a claimant's functionality against the demands of their past work and other types of work they may potentially be suited for.
For this reason, an assessment of a claimant's functionality and limitations by a treating physician can be vital. This is particularly the case at the disability hearing level.
Should a physician submit a supporting statement prior to the disability hearing level In some cases, this type of statement may be instrumental in winning a case at the intial claim and reconsideration levels.
However, state disability processing agencies (where disability examiners decide claims for the social security administration) often do not give credence to the opinion of a treating physician, choosing instead to adopt the opinion of an agency unit physician (employed by social security) who has never treated the claimant, or the opinion of an independent consultative medical examiner (a physician who has performed an outside exam, lasting, perhaps, 10 minutes on average, and who, once again, has no history of treatment with the claimant).
At the disability hearing level, however, attitudes toward statements provided by treating physicians are often remarkably different. And such a statement can certainly win a disability case, as long as the statement is in line with the physician's history of treatment with the claimant.
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Letters from doctors for Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Doctor, Supportive Statements
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
What questions will I be asked on a phone interview with Social Security?
How do I get a disability lawyer to take my case?
How much can you make and get disability?