When filing your Social Security disability case, your Detroit disability attorneys may advise you to include an opinion from your treating physician with your claim. Under some circumstances, the opinion of your doctor can be helpful to your disability claim, and may even be controlling (meaning, the SSA rules in your favor based solely on the merit of your doctor’s opinion).
It is by no means guaranteed that your treating doctor’s opinion submitted by your Detroit disability attorneys will hold that much sway. However, if it is not deemed “controlling” by the Social Security adjudicator in your claim, it may still be helpful to include such an opinion from your doctor. The SSA will likely still take it into account when deciding on your case and may adopt your doctor’s opinion as its own.
One important fact your Detroit disability attorneys will note is that a doctor’s opinion that simply states you are disabled is not worth much. That is up to the Social Security decision-maker to decide, not your doctor. Your doctor’s opinion will be much more persuasive if it explains the reasons that you are unable to work and is backed up by specific facts.
These are some of the factors that the SSA will look at when evaluating the weight of a submitted doctor’s opinion:
- The quality of the explanation given.
- The duration and exact nature of the doctor-patient relationship.
- How frequently the doctor has seen the claimant and whether the doctor has developed a detailed longitudinal perspective on the patient’s impairment.
- The examination and treatment history performed by the doctor in treating the impairment.
- Relevant medical evidence, especially those found by acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques, and how well the evidence supports the doctor’s opinion.
- Other evidence related to your claim and how consistent it is with the doctor’s opinion.
- The doctor’s specialization.
Special Treatment from Veterans Administration Doctors
If you are seeing a treating doctor from the Veterans Administration, you might have heard at one point that VA doctors cannot complete reports for use in Social Security disability cases. This is not true anymore. VA doctors are not just able, but expected to complete reports for disability cases at the request of a patient.
How Detroit Disability Attorneys Can Help
If you have more questions about how your doctor’s opinion can help your disability claim, contact Detroit disability attorneys at Marc J. Shefman. Call (248) 298-3003.