How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Doctor Records and the Texas Social Security Disability Hearing

It’s a common catch-22 for many Social Security Disability (SSD) applicants—the only way that they can prove physical or mental disability is to supply social security with medical evidence documenting their claim, and yet this can be extremely difficult when so many medical professionals today are reluctant, even unwilling, to get involved with disability cases.

Some physicians feel that disability cases are not part of “their job,” and that any time they spend helping patients in disability matters detract from their financial bottom line. Others may be willing to supply a patient with medical records, physician notes, etc., but will not take the time to write a statement detailing exactly what the patient’s symptoms are and how it affects his or her ability to perform work. If their notes do not provide this information, they will be of little if any help to the claimant seeking disability benefits.

If you are considering filing for disability in Texas, there are really two steps you should take regarding your medical documentation.

1. The first is to review the records yourself, or, even better, to go over them with a disability lawyer well in advance of any disability hearing, to determine if they stand alone as evidence of the severe, disabling nature of your medical condition.

2. The second step is to inform your physician that you are thinking of filing for disability, and asking outright if he or she is willing to supply any medical documentation needed to help you get approved for benefits.

Unfortunately, you may find that, although your doctor is well aware of your medical symptoms, he or she just doesn’t want to be involved with any disability case. Some physicians are even opposed to disability claims on “principle,” i.e., no free handouts, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, people got by in the old days without it, and so forth.

If you find that your physician is unwilling to help, it’s time to look for a physician who will be more compassionate and supportive of your needs. Do not wait until right before the hearing, when it may appear to a physician that you are merely doctor shopping for a favorable diagnosis.

Instead, by reviewing your medical records well in advance and being knowledgeable of the evidence contained therein, look for a physician that has a lot of experience dealing with your particular diagnosis, and who will have a thorough understanding of the way its symptoms can limit your ability to cope with or to perform the daily living activities and past job duties necessary for you to earn a living wage.

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
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What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Status of your Social Security Disability or SSI case
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability, qualifying for Benefits
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Disability application, how to file in Texas
Texas disability requirements
Eligibility and qualifying for disability in Texas
What are the qualifications for disability in Texas?
Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Texas?
Getting a Texas disability lawyer, attorney, or advocate

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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