Q How Does My Doctor Affect My SSDI Case?
To receive SSDI, you need to file with the Social Security Administration. As part of their investigation into your claim, they'll contact your doctor to gain information — which they use to decide if you're actually disabled and unable to work.
To be considered for SSDI, your medical condition needs to be severe. The condition must limit your ability to perform basic work activities for at least one year. You'll need proper documentation to prove your situation really is dire, and that's where your doctor's testimony can help or hurt you.
While your doctor doesn't decide if you qualify to the Social Security Administration as disabled, he or she will be consulted about your condition. In addition, the SSA will use information not just from your doctor, but also hospitals, clinics, or institutions where you've been treated.
Among other things, your doctor will need to give them information on:
- What your condition is
- When the condition began
- Does it limit your activities?
Additionally, doctors will need to share what medical tests you've had and what the results were, as well as records on whatever treatments you've received. All of this information is used to determine if you are eligible for SSDI.
Nationwide, the majority of initial claims are turned down by the Social Security Administration. As the doctor's opinion matters a lot to your claim, it can increase the chances of your initial claim being denied if you're not doing what your physician prescribes. It will also hurt you to leave out medical records or all of your doctors' contact information.
If you've already been denied the first time around, our attorneys can help you. We will launch an appeal on your behalf and help you get the benefits you desperately need after a disabling event.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.