If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, it is imperative that you get your doctor’s help in providing the Social Security Administration (SSA) with a detailed statement. Detroit disability lawyers advise treating physicians to provide as much detail on these statements as possible to provide the SSA with the necessary information it needs to make an informed decision.
Details, Details, Details
The SSA tends to give more weight to statements from a claimant’s treating physician when it includes the necessary details regarding the claimant’s capacity to perform work-related activities. In other words, a doctor should not simply state that the claimant is disabled and cannot work. Rather, the doctor should provide a detailed explanation as to why the claimant is disabled and what prevents him or her from engaging in substantial gainful employment.
When a Question Demands an “It Depends” Answer
Some questions on the functional capacity form cannot be answered with a direct answer, but rather an “it depends.” In these situations, Detroit disability lawyers advise the treating physicians to also include a detailed written explanation in the margin so that the disability examiner is clear as to what the “it depends” answer actually means.
When the Doctor Believes the Claimant Can Work Part-Time
In certain situations, a treating physician may believe that although the claimant is disabled and cannot engage in full-time work, he or she can still do some sort of work, whether it be part-time work or work with accommodations, such as using a wheelchair.
In these instances, Detroit disability lawyers advise the treating physicians to clearly describe this situation in their statement to the SSA. In fact, it will provide a useful perspective that may produce the very sort of information the SSA is looking for in awarding Social Security disability benefits.
Contact A Detroit Disability Lawyer
When you hire one of our Detroit disability lawyers, we will not only help you during the disability claim process, but also advise your treating physician in providing a useful statement that will increase your chances of getting Social Security disability benefits.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with Detroit disability lawyer Marc J. Shefman, please call (248) 298-3003.