The Importance of Your Physician’s Opinion
Your doctor’s support is very important to your claim to get Social Security for Disability. It can be difficult to get benefits without that support, but there are a few things you or your attorney can do if your doctor says that he or she does not think you are disabled.
What to Do When Your Doctor Doesn’t Support Your Disability Claim
The first action is to ask your doctor the reasons for not supporting your claim. It may be that he or she does not understand Social Security’s definition of disability. When you or your lawyer explains it, he may in fact support your disability.
Another possibility is that the doctor who is treating you for one condition does not know about other medical conditions you have or doesn’t know how they limit you. It may be that the combined limitations you have from multiple conditions are disabling under Social Security’s rules.
For example, perhaps you are claiming disability due to a recent lower back injury, but you also had rotator cuff surgery several years ago and have long-standing, upper-body lifting and range of motion restrictions and you have a long-term, uncorrectable partial hearing loss. When the long-standing limitations are added to your more recently developed low-back problems, you may be unable to work due to all the conditions combined. In such a circumstance, you or your attorney representative could present your case to show how your total limitations from all causes disable you and why no one of your doctors has the total picture. Or, you or your attorney might present the facts to your physician; and with full information, your physician might come to believe that you are eligible for Social Security for disability. For a discussion of Social Security’s definition of disability, see our article “What Is Disability According to Social Security Laws?”