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Talk to your Doctor

Having the support of your doctor is very important to the success of your disability claim, especially if your case needs to be heard by an administrative law judge.

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you want to make sure that your treating physician will be on your side and support you in your claim for disability benefits.

Having the support of your doctor is very important to the success of your disability claim, especially if your case needs to be heard by an administrative law judge.

If your initial application for disability is denied, and if your appeal for reconsideration is denied, the next step in the appeals process is to request a hearing with an administrative law judge.

Most disability cases are decided at a hearing, and a hearing is where you have the best chance of winning your claim. At your hearing, you will be allowed to bring a statement or a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form from your doctor. Any supporting documents you can get from your doctor will be important to winning your disability hearing.

Talk with your doctor and let him/her know that you are going to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. If you find out that your doctor is not in support of a disability application, you may want to consider changing to a different doctor. There are many doctors who will refuse to complete any paperwork in support of a disability claim. If your doctor is one of these types of physicians, then you may want to find another doctor.

If you have been denied disability benefits, or if you are going to apply for disability benefits, talk with an experienced disability attorney. Click here for a free consultation with an experienced disability attorney in the Southern California area (San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, etc…).