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Will my doctor help me on my disability case in Texas?

If you have a good doctor (one who is actually familiar with you, and has an established history of treating you)...then you might get help from your doctor on your Texas social security disability or SSI case.

What do I mean by help? This falls into two areas primarily. The first is obvious and this means providing your medical records (to you, the disability examiner or judge, or your attorney or non attorney representative) in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, many doctors and hospitals do not provide records in a timely manner, though they often do a better job of this when they receive numerous phone calls from an attorney's office "inquiring on the status of a record request". By and large, though, getting records from a doctor's office is not a significant roadblock in most cases.

What can be difficult, though, is getting a doctor to provide a detailed statement that is actually useful in substantiating your disability case. If you're wondering, "won't my medical records be enough?", the answer is very often no. Medical records list recorded observations and diagnoses. But doctors are generally remiss when it comes to indicating a patient's functional limitations. Yet this is EXACTLY what the social security disability and SSI programs are looking for.

The concept of residual functional capacity is this: what an applicant for disability is still capable of doing despite the effects of their illness. This is what a disability examiner or disability judge needs to know to make a decision on a case. And, for this reason, it is very helpful when a doctor provides a detailed statement that actually describes the limitations of a patient/claimant. Unfortunately, doctors records very often don't address residual functional capacity in a specific way.

Even worse, many doctors are not inclined to assist patients who needs assistance when a disability claim is being filed.

Here's a statement from a doctor, as told to me by a friend who is, herself, filing for disability. The statement is from a rheumatologist who diagnosed her with fibromyalgia. However, when she mentioned she was applying for disability, his only response was:

"I don't want to have anything to do with that"

Obviously, this is not the kind of doctor that a sick or injured person wants to have anything to do with either.

What kind of doctor is this? The kind of doctor who does not want to be bothered by having to take 15 minutes to pull your medical file and then either A. fill out a statement supplied by a disability attorney (usually a brief check-off sheet) or B. writeup a brief statement indicating your limitations and restrictions.

Sadly, there are a lot of these doctors out there. And for this reason, before you necessarily apply for disability, it may not be a bad idea to speak with your doctor to gauge whether or not he'll be helpful or indifferent to your case. Because that may be the time to consider finding a new doctor.

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