“My doctor gave me a note saying that I’m disabled. So why was my claim denied?”
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.
Your Medical Record Must Match Your Social Security Disability Application
If there is some 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.
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.
Why Your Medical Record is Important?
When the 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. Ask whether your doctor will help you in the process. And let your doctor know a Social Security disability attorney from Morgan & Weisbrod may be in touch to discuss the case.
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.
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.