Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

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.

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

Related pages:

Can You Collect Social Security and Disability At the Same Time in Texas?
How to Get Disability with a Back Injury in Texas
Is there a short term Social Security Disability Benefit in Texas?
What is SSI Disability Pay Based On in Texas?
What Should you say to the Social Security Disability Doctor at a CE in Texas?
Reasons for Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied in Texas
Mental Disorders and SSD (Social Security Disability) and SSI in Texas
How long after you are approved for disability do you have to sign up for medicare in Texas?
What does Social Security Disability consider a Mental Impairment in Texas?
Should your Doctor determine if you get Social Security Disability or SSI in Texas?
Doctor Records and the Texas Social Security Disability Hearing
Who is eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI Disability in Texas?

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

What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
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