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Considering how important a treating physician’s opinions are when it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”)  applications, you may find it surprising to learn that sometimes the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) disregards your doctor’s opinion either in part, or completely. It doesn’t happen often, and when it does the Administrative […]

When it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits, there are lots of rules about qualifications and medical evidence and specific medical definitions that must be met. Which is why, if you are applying for benefits or want to appeal a denial of benefits, it is best to hire experienced and knowledgeable disability counsel. […]

Generally, you go to a doctor to get advice and medical treatment. So why wouldn’t you follow your doctor’s prescribed orders? Failure to Follow Prescribed Treatment. When it comes to applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), refusing to follow your doctor’s orders can negatively impact your application. Unless, that is, […]

If you have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), it can be frustrating to learn that the disability officer or Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) who works for the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) and decided your case, is not required to find an applicant disabled based solely on a treating physician’s […]

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) your application must be supported by objective medical evidence. Generally, that means medical records from your treating physician and other medical providers or specialists. Although the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) recently changed its rules regarding how much weight they accord to […]

You know you need help from your treating physician to support your application to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) benefits. So, should you have him write a letter to the SSA saying your disabled? And if he agrees to write a letter like that to the […]

No doubt about it: your treating doctor’s medical records and support of your Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits application goes a long way with helping you get the benefits you need. But what weight does the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) give your treating doctor’s opinion of your condition when it is making its “disability” […]

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) it is important to have your doctor on your side. Why? Because a treating physician’s medical records and his/her assessment of how your disability limits your ability to perform your job or everyday tasks (as shown in a Remedial Functional Capacity (“RFC”) […]

Social Security Disability Claims Rely on Medical Records By Kathleen Overton Attorney, PLF Medical records are vital to a Social Security disability claim. Not only do they document each impairment, but they help the Social Security Administration formulate limitations used to determine whether the claimant is disabled. Perhaps equally important is ensuring that the agency […]

Widow’s Social Security Disability Benefits By Kathleen Overton Attorney, PLF There are two types of social security disability benefits: Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income. Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) is dependent on a social security disability claimant’s work record. That is, you must have worked a sufficient number of quarters in order to be […]