To maximize your chances of winning your Social Security disability claim, you need to communicate effectively with your physician. Here are three strategies for doing so that will make your case more effective and help you enjoy more effective treatment.
# 1. Stick to your story.
If you suffer from horrible migraines, nausea and lightheadedness, mention those symptoms every time you see your doctor. Don’t make anything up, but definitely belabor the point.
#2. Get specific. Avoid “going all over the place.”
You may legitimately have 15 different ailments that may or may not be related. But if your story is confusing—if it lacks what the folks in Hollywood call a “log line” or “elevator pitch” —then you’ll have a hard time communicating your disability to the judge. Again, you don’t want to lie or exaggerate when you talk to your doctor (or anyone else) about your illness or claim. But strive to be focused.
#3. Be sure your doctor (or nurse or other caregiver) writes down what you say.
Written records matter! If the judge sees that your complaints are documented thoroughly, he or she will be far more willing to believe that you have a chronic disability worthy of benefits.
For help understanding how to make strategic decisions about your Social Security disability case, connect with the Super Lawyers at Morgan & Weisbrod, LLP. Call us now at 800-800-6353.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.