Medical Assessments Can Strengthen Your Claim
To obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, your claim must be supported by a qualified doctor. Specifically, your doctor must provide your medical records to the Social Security Administration, and verify that your condition prevents you from working.
The better you are able to document your medical history — how often you’ve visited a doctor, your diagnoses, your prescriptions and so on — the better your claim’s chances for success. Yet many individuals have a great deal of trouble finding a physician in the first place. Moreover, because of the extra work it requires of them, medical professionals are often reluctant to assist their patients with SSD claims.
The attorneys at Cutter Hall Karlock, LLC, can help. Based in Columbus, we offer comprehensive guidance to individuals throughout central Ohio in their SSD matters. Our firm takes a comprehensive approach to these concerns, helping our clients at every step. We can help you understand what conditions qualify for benefits and help you understand how to help your doctor or other medical provider support you in your claim.
Steps To Take Before Filing
There are a number of steps you can take that will make your physician more likely to lend his or her support:
- Consult early and consult often — Doctors are often skeptical to help patients who immediately demand help with an SSD claim. As such, it is advisable to consult with a physician before filing and, if possible, develop a relationship. The better your doctor knows you, the stronger his or her recommendation for benefits will be.
- Prepare for your appointment as for a high school test — Doctors are busy. Even extremely thorough practitioners will not be able to understand the scope of your disability after only a single visit or two. As such, it is important to provide your physician with as much information as possible. Make a list of your physical limitations, and explain how they prevent you from performing tasks at work. To the best of your abilities, explain your medical history.
- Don’t assume your physician knows the SSD filing process — It can take years for a doctor to fully understand the policies and processes set out by the Social Security Administration. Many assume they are supposed to provide a ‘thumbs-up’ or ‘thumbs-down’ assessment with regard to a patient’s disability. However, this is not the case. Rather, a doctor’s duty is to provide a full picture of a patient’s abilities and limitations, without necessarily judging whether or not one is disabled. If you explain this to your physician, he or she will likely be more supportive of your claim.
Providing Help At Every Juncture
To learn more about pursuing SSD benefits and how we can assist, reach out to our office. Our lawyers offer free initial consultations, and will inform you of your options before you need to pay.