If your Houston Social Security disability benefits case is going to be successful, you’re probably going to need to submit documentation from more than one doctor. However, the medical opinion of your treating physician, or the doctor you’ve been seeing most for the longest amount of time, will be given significant weight by those making determinations on your case.

 

Some doctors could prove to be essential to you—helpful, cooperative, and responsive in helping you obtain the support you need. Many doctors, unfortunately, will be more of a challenge to work with—while a few could prove to be an overwhelming liability to your case.

 

If any of the following are true, you might need to consider establishing a new primary care physician:

 

  • Your doctor isn’t a licensed physician, podiatrist, optometrist, speech pathologist, or osteopath.
  • Your doctor doesn’t feel you qualify for Social Security disability, despite substantial evidence to the contrary.
  • He or she won’t complete a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) Form, even if you pay a fee.
  • He or she isn’t willing to help patients apply for benefits due to a fundamental conflict with the federal disability program.
  • Your doctor refuses to dedicate any time to helping you develop your claim.

 

Keep in mind that it isn’t generally recommended to change doctors shortly before applying for Social Security; such a drastic measure should only be considered in extreme circumstances.

 

If you are concerned about the impact your doctor will have on your case, schedule a no-cost consultation with a skilled Houston disability benefits attorney as soon as possible. Call 877-898-1581or fill out our online form. Our info-packed guidebook, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know, is available to you free.

Carl M. Weisbrod
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Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law
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