It can be frustrating to hear your doctor tell you that you are not disabled when you are physically unable to go to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) looks closely at doctors’ determinations when it considers an applicant’s eligibility. Thus, you are right to be concerned about your doctor’s disability determination.
There Are Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Rights
In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you will need to prove that you are permanently disabled. If your doctor tells you that you are not permanently disabled and you disagree with your doctor’s opinion, then it is important to:
- Ask your doctor to provide more specific information. It isn’t just your doctor’s conclusion that matters, but also the specific information documented in your medical record. Accordingly, it is important that all of your symptoms, the impact of those symptoms on your daily life, the treatments you have tried, and your prognosis are included in your medical chart.
- Get a second opinion. You have the right to talk to another doctor about your condition and to ask that doctor to also document your symptoms, the impact of those symptoms on your life and ability to work, and your prognosis. In some cases a second opinion may come from the same kind of doctor you had been seeing and in other cases you may choose to see a specialist.
Additionally, it is important to talk to an experienced Social Security disability lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your potential eligibility and to begin the Social Security disability application process, if appropriate. For more information, please start a live chat with us today.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.