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.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.