If you have a long-standing history with your doctor, it is often a good idea to speak with your doctor early on during the Social Security disability application process.
Here are some things you should discuss:
- Let your doctor know that you are applying for Social Security disability benefits.
- Ask your doctor if he or she feels that you are disabled? Does your doctor think you would be able to do some type of full-time work?
- Is the doctor willing to write a statement to Social Security, or fill out a form from your lawyer, about your limitations?
- Even if not, ask your doctor would be willing to help out in some other way. The doctor may have a suggestion that might help your case.
Keep in mind that depending on your age you may not need to prove that you cannot perform any kind of work to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. That can definitely work to your advantage! Even if your doctor thinks you can still do some type of work, or part-time work, it may be worthwhile to get a supporting statement from the doctor.
Sometimes however, your doctor may tell you:
I do not believe in Social Security disability.
I don’t think anyone is disabled.
You look fine to me.
Even if you don’t get the answer you want to hear when you talk to your doctor, it is still valuable to know if your doctor does not believe in you or your disability. If you get one of these answers, it may be time to find a new doctor.
However, you will not know if your doctor will support you, or not, unless you have this discussion.
So, get to it and start talking!