Filing for Social Security disability isn’t an easy decision. In fact, you may be feeling incredibly isolated and uncertain about your future.
Fortunately, one of the first steps you’ll need to make will put you in direct contact with someone who should be able to help—the doctor you’ve seen the most for the longest period of time, known to the SSA as your treating physician.
Once you’ve decided to file, make an appointment to see your doctor at your earliest convenience—or plan on discussing it at your next scheduled appointment. Plan to discuss:
- Your intention to file for Social Security disability.
- Whether or not your primary care physician agrees that you seem eligible for benefits.
- What kind of help you will need from your doctor in the filing process.
To support you in the discussion, consider bringing the following:
- A blank Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form that is appropriate for the type of disability you will be applying for—do not expect your physician to fill it out at this point in time, but it may be helpful in illustrating what sort of help you need.
- Any questions you may have about your impairments and medical condition or conditions.
- Contact information for your Bellaire disability benefits attorney in case your doctor has any questions or concerns.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.