“My doctor gave me a note saying that I’m disabled. So why was my claim denied?” That is a question we often hear from our prospective clients.
To receive Social Security disability benefits you will need more than a note from your doctor. At every level of review and appeal, your medical treatment records are the first and most important factor in the decision of whether your claim will be approved or denied. What your doctor says and how he says it in your medical records is crucial.
Why Your Medical Records Are So Important
If there is a discrepancy between what the medical records say and what you say about your disability in the forms you fill out or at your hearing, your claim may be denied. Since the medical records are the essential building blocks of your case, it is imperative that the evidence in your medical records support the claim of disability you make in your application.
How to Make Sure Your Medical Records Are Accurate and Complete
At Morgan & Weisbrod, LLP, we work closely with our clients’ physicians to help them clearly and accurately explain the disabling condition. We will prepare questionnaires for your doctor, tailored to your specific condition. We will discuss your case with your doctor over the phone or consult with him or her in person if necessary to help your doctor know the best way to help your claim.
When a medical record provides support for your disability claim and is written in a manner that an administrative law judge can understand, you are much more likely to be successful in your request for disability benefits.
If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits or appealing a claim denial, be sure to talk openly about the situation with your doctor. Let him or her know you are seeking disability benefits.
For further information about working with your treating physician, please contact a lawyer at our Social Security Disability law firm today. We have decades of experience helping injured people receive Social Security Disability benefits in Texas and we would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation.
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From offices in Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, the Social Security Disability Claims attorneys of Morgan & Weisbrod, LLP help disabled people throughout Texas receive the disability benefits they deserve. Cities we serve include Tyler, Longview, Austin, El Paso, Lubbock, San Antonio, Waco, Amarillo, Bryan, College Station, Angleton, Galveston, Sugar Land, Beaumont, Arlington, Irving, Denton, McKinney, Plano, Carrollton, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, and Abilene.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.