The process to apply for and get approved for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) can be long and confusing. But if you have all of your evidence gathered and the right attorney by your side, the procedure does not have to be frustrating. Part of what you need to do is see your doctor right away, and start accumulating medical records that support your condition. But cookie cutter medical evidence will not help your case, so you need to know how to talk to your doctor when you go for a visit. Giving the physician the right information about your disability will ensure your medical records support your claim.
Three things to tell your doctor is you are disabled and applying for SSDI benefits are:
- Be sure the doctor knows you will be applying for disability benefits. It is not enough to see the doctor for treatment, the doctor needs to know your long term plans. This helps the physician write detailed notes about your disability and also about how your disability impacts your day to day life.
- Tell the doctor how you became disabled, with detail about any accident that happened or ongoing condition that created the disability.
- Make sure your doctor schedules you for follow up appointments and that you keep those appointments. It is important to see your physician regularly, because the Social Security Administration (SSA) does do periodic checks of your condition. Having updated medical proof that you are still disabled helps you keep your benefits.
Be completely honest with your doctor, so the evidence matches your condition. You do not want to exaggerate or overplay your disability, but do want to give the physician a clear picture of your needs and limitations. When your doctor has accurate information, a complete record can be made. The record is your best evidence and you will need to get the records from your physician to present to the SSA. You may need to stay on top of your doctor’s office for your records or a letter regarding your disability. But this evidence is vital to your case, and without it you are not likely to be approved for SSDI benefits.
If you have questions about social security benefits and how to qualify, contact our office for help. You can reach us online today for more information or by phone at 855-727-6353.