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Physician Support for Your Social Security Disability Case in Texas

Surprisingly, many physicians are not much help to their patients when it comes to filing for social security disability (SSD) or SSI benefits. While it is true that physicians are in the business of practicing medicine and are in no way employed by the social security administration, it is a bit disheartening to realize that many are not helpful in disability matters, especially given the fact that no one can receive disability benefits in Texas without medical records/statements to back up a claim.

Physicians do not have to have an extensive knowledge of title 2 (social security disability insurance) or title 16 (supplemental security income disability) law to be helpful in a disability case. What they do need to understand, and what so many seem to be completely in the dark about, is that disability decisions are based on the medical evidence supporting an applicantís claim that they are no longer able to work. Medical reports/doctorís notes describing a condition are of little use if they do not detail the way in which the condition inhibits a patientís functional capacity.

For instance, itís not enough to indicate that a patient is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis; a physician must also give at least a brief synopsis of the types of activities or physical movements that are no longer possible as a result of increased pain and restricted movement. This would apply to mental impairments as well, such as chronic or manic depression.

Unfortunately, there are a number of physicians who are unwilling to help in disability cases simply because they do not want to bother with the paperwork involved. It is true that the amount of insurance and medical liability paperwork that doctors must deal with daily has increased tenfold, and that the practice of medicine gets more complicated every day. It is also true that a few minutes of a physicianís time could save a patient from going bankrupt or losing their home, not to mention the devastating financial consequences for any children involved.

With this in mind, if you are thinking of filing for disability benefits in Texas, itís best to let your physician know immediately and ask if he or she would be willing to be involved in the matter. You might even be able to provide your physician with an easy check-off form, which many attorneys have on hand. This form allows the doctor to quickly indicate activities a patient is no longer able to fully perform, and is especially geared toward establishing the patientís residual functional capacity (what the patient can do in terms of work despite his or her medical condition).

If your physician seems reluctant to get involved in your case, itís probably best to begin seeing another doctor. You can always have your medical records transferred, and itís better to go through the trouble of getting a new doctor than to continue to see a physician who will not back up your claim for disabilityówithout the necessary medical documentation, the chances of winning SSD or SSI benefits are slim to none.

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

Related pages:

Physician Support for Your Social Security Disability Case in Texas
Why most SS Disability Claims are Denied in Texas
Getting seen by a doctor for Social Security Disability in Texas
Is it Difficult to Win Social Security Disability in Texas if you have Mental Illness?
Social Security Disability in Texas and Physicians
What is the Representation Fee for disability claim in Texas?
Who is eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI Disability in Texas?
The Texas Disability Hearing and Doctor Records
Will my doctor help me on my disability case in Texas?
How many people win Disability Benefits from Social Security in Texas?
What do I Bring to a Social Security Disability Application Interview 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