You already know how important it is to get a Medical Source Statement in your Social Security disability case.
The best source for this is your own doctor.
However, I typically see Social Security have one of their technicians or a Social Security doctor, who has never seen or examined you, determine your limitations.
When I discuss this with my clients, I am often asked why? Why does it seem like Social Security purposefully avoids getting this information from the best source, your own doctor?
My opinion is that Social Security wants to ensure an objective opinion and believes that your own doctor won’t be objective. Social Security may be worried that because your doctor has been treating you for some time, he or she may write what you want rather than what the doctor really thinks.
I feel this is just BS! If Social Security won’t do it, you and your lawyer have to get this evidence from your doctor:
- This means getting your doctor to fill out a form;
- Or, write a letter.
- Sometimes, a doctor feels so strongly about a case, he or she will come in to testify.
It may seem like a small thing, but just getting your doctor’s perspective on your condition can make all the difference in your case.
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