Unfortunately, a lot of the Social Security Disability applicants ask their doctor to write a note saying that they are totally disabled and unable to work. The Social Security Administration simply isn’t going to except a note from your doctor stating that you are totally disabled. Why not? The Social Security Disability process consists of five steps which are outlined in The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey free consumer guide “Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits.”
We believe that before you apply for Social Security Disability benefits you should make sure that your doctor supports your decision to file for disability and that you should get a copy of your medical treatment notes so that you can submit them to the Social Security Administration. Remember to keep a copy of any medical records that you submit. Read our article about the Three Keys to Your Social Security Disability Claim.
The Social Security Administration’s rules do say that your treating physicians opinion is to be given weight but it has to be supported by objective medical findings in your records.
We find it more helpful for your doctor to complete what is called a residual functional capacity form. There are forms for every kind of condition and at The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey we can help you pick the right form and to assist you with the Social Security Disability claim’s process. The residual functional capacity form has diagnosis, prognosis, and what you are able to do based on your medical or psychological condition. The Social Security Administration really isn’t interested in what you can’t do, they want to know what you can do and then will determine whether or not you are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.
At The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey, we do training seminars for doctors to teach them how to properly fill out residual functional capacity forms, we find that doctors who take the time to be educated in this process, do a better job for their patience when asked to support a claim for Social Security Disability.
If you’re doctor does not understand how to fill out a residual functional capacity form, we suggest that you contact The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey for additional assistance.