No. It is, quite simply, not your doctor’s job to apply for Social Security disability benefits on your behalf—even if he has determined that you are disabled. Social Security disability applications are complicated, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that each application be completed in full and with no errors. It is not as simple as a doctor saying that you have a spinal cord injury and are being treated in Fort Worth or you have cancer and are being treated at Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Just Because the Doctor Can’t Do it For You Doesn’t Mean You Have to Do It Alone
If you are thinking about filing a Social Security disability claim, you are completely disabled, you are unable to work, and you may be facing your own mortality. The last thing that you want to do is to spend your time navigating the application process. Fortunately, you do not have to do this on your own. You have the right to consult with and hire a Social Security disability lawyer who has experience filing successful Social Security disability claims. Your attorney can submit the application for you, making sure that the SSA has all of the information that it needs to make a timely determination about your claim, while you concentrate on your health.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.