Applying for Disability – Why Doctors are Crucial to the Process

Applying for Disability – Why Doctors are Crucial to the Process

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Disability doctors are crucial to the SSDI and SSI application processes.

Finding a good doctor that you can trust and rely on is important. It’s even more important if you have experienced a disabling injury or illness. In fact, you’ll find the assistance of a professional doctor invaluable if you’ve suffered a disability, especially during the Social Security disability insurance application process. The following are some of the ways disability doctors can help and how you can find one.

How Disability Doctors Can Help

Going through the Social Security application process can be a bit daunting. You’ll want as much help as you can get. Because the SSA does not approve many of the initial applications, you will want your questions answered. The following are a few ways in which disability doctors can be extremely helpful in getting your application approved:

Determine if you qualify.

A good disability doctor can help determine whether your medical condition will qualify you for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration has a Blue Book available online, which provides a list of all disabling disorders that qualify. While you can research this list on your own, the entries in the Blue Book can be long and confusing. A doctor will provide you with the proper diagnosis. They will help you determine if it’s in the Blue Book. They can also tell if the symptoms are similar enough to a condition in the Blue Book to qualify.

Prove your medical condition. 

The Social Security Administration will require proof of your medical condition. A doctor can perform medical tests in order to back their diagnosis. They can even repeat some of these tests in case they were performed too long ago to help prove that you are still suffering from the same disability. A doctor will help you gather any other medical evidence you need to help strengthen your case, such as general check-up notes and your hospitalization history.

Provide a written testimony.

The written testimony of a reputable doctor can go a long way in helping to establish your case with the Social Security Administration. Written testimonies in general help to bolster the evidence of your disability, whether it be from a physician or your ex-employer. When a doctor provides a testimony, they can explain exactly how you are disabled, what your limitations are and why you deserve to receive disability benefits. An expert testimony such as this may sway the SSA, thereby helping improve your odds of approval.

Finding a Good Doctor

Finding a good doctor shouldn’t be too difficult. See below for a few tips to help you find a reputable doctor that can help you during the application process:

  • Contact your insurance company. Your health insurance company will provide you a list of all covered physicians in your area.
    Ask for recommendations. Ask your family, friends and past co-workers for recommendations.
  • Look up reviews written by past patients online on websites like Zocdoc, Healthgrades or even Yelp.
  • Look for board certification. Doctors certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties earned medical degrees from qualified medical schools. They have completed accredited residency training. The state medical board licenses them.

For more information or advice about the Social Security disability insurance application process, be sure to contact us to schedule a free consultation. You can call us at 602-952-3200 or use our online LiveChat feature to chat with a representative.

This is attorney advertising. SSDA, LLC is a group of attorneys that pursues claims for Social Security Disability benefits on behalf of its clients against the Social Security Administration. SSDA, LLC is in no way a part of the Social Security Administration. Further, the information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, a representative-client relationship.

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