If you have been injured and need to file for Social Security disability, you will likely need information from your treating physician. Most doctors are unaware of the legal intricacies of filing for disability, and may not know what information to provide you with. Your Augusta disability attorneys will want to speak with your doctor in order to detail what is expected of him as your disability claim proceeds.
Opinion on Limitations
Your doctor will be an important source of information to SSA regarding your abilities and limitations, but he may be concerned with how his opinion will impact your claim. Your Augusta disability attorneys will explain to him that, even if his opinion is that you are still able to do some work, SSA does not expect claimants to be completely incapacitated. Your Augusta disability lawyers will advise your doctor that the best thing he can do is be honest. SSA does not value the opinion of doctors that are less than truthful, so any embellishments about your impairment could ultimately hurt your case.
Based on his assessment of you, your doctor might believe that you are still able to work. What your doctor does not know, though, is that your Augusta disability lawyers may be using the impairment for which he is treating you as only one of several to make your claim. Additionally, if you are over 50 or 55 there is a more generous range of activities you could perform and still be eligible for benefits. Thus, it is best for your doctor to call your Augusta disability attorneys with any questions or concerns before deciding his opinion will not be helpful to your claim.
Your Augusta Disability Attorneys
As you can see, your doctor and your Augusta disability lawyers will all be important to the success of your claim. Your doctor should reach out to your attorneys if there is anything he does not understand about his role in the disability application process.
If you have been injured and are unable to work for a period of at least 12 months, you may be eligible for Social Security disability. For knowledgeable Augusta disability attorneys eager to handle your claim, contact Wilkinson & Magruder, LLP today at 706-737-0771.