The opinions expressed by your physicians will make or break your Social Security claim. That is why it is crucial that your doctor understand the extent of your restrictions and limitations. If your doctor does not believe that you are disabled, you will almost never be approved for benefits. That is because the written medical record is always used by the Administrative Law Judge to determine whether or not your disability is severe enough to qualify you for benefits.
We do not advocate shopping for doctors who will give a more lenient disability opinion; however, it is crucial that you treat with a doctor who believes that your complaints are genuine.
Getting your doctor to document your restrictions and disabilities in writing can be difficult. Doctors go to medical school to try to help people get better. Their job is not to provide written proof for lawyers or judges. That is why it takes persistence in order to get your physicians opinions in writing for purposes of litigation.
At our offices, we make every effort to secure necessary medical records and statements in support of your claim even if this takes more than one attempt. Should you have an inquiry regarding a Social Security matter, we would be happy to speak with you.