Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Why is Doctor’s Support Important to your Disability Claim?

When applying for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration, you will need to submit all your medical records in order to prove that you are an eligible claimant. An examiner will review these documents and determine whether you are qualified to receive the much-needed benefits.

Though these medical records are important, your attending physician’s opinion about your condition will matter more.

This is because he is the one who will determine if you are capable to work and earn income or not. The agency will ask for your permission and they will contact him to verify your medical condition and ask the doctor’s opinion about its severity and how long it is expected to last.

Your physician can also detail your medical condition and let the examiner know of your limitations and capacity to do work.

Here are some things that will further help you:

• Maintain a good relationship with your physician
• Openly discuss your medical condition with him
• Avoid making inaccurate comments about your medical condition

Though the physician backs up your disability claims, your application may still be rejected due to other factors such as your income, resources, and tax payment. To get help, it will be best to consult with a lawyer or an advocate who can help you in assessing your options.

Aside from this, the lawyer can also talk to your doctor and discuss what the examiner needs to know about your condition.