When you meet with your disability attorney in Augusta, Georgia he will explain the role your physician plays in your claim for Social Security disability. Many claimants find the process of qualifying for SSD to be quite complex, including issues involving the treating physician and his opinion. The following should help answer some of these.
What if my physician believes that almost everyone should be able to work in some form or another, even if it means accommodating a wheelchair or working part-time?
A perspective of this type is held not only by physicians, but also by many judges and lawyers who are directly involved with Social Security disability cases. And, as your disability attorney in Augusta, Georgia will tell you, it can prove useful by conveying the exact type of information the Social Security Administration would like to have.
If your physician believes you are too disabled to work full time but can work part time, he or she should tell the SSA. Perhaps your physician believes you need specific accommodations, such as extra breaks during work to rest, work schedules that are flexible, opportunities to work at home or lie down during work, or allowances for having to miss work. Your physician will be advised by your disability attorney in Augusta, Georgia to clearly describe the accommodations he or she believes to be necessary.
Is the excessive amount of detail concerning a patient’s ability to work that is requested on a functional capacity form really necessary?
Yes. Your disability attorney in Augusta, Georgia knows that this amount of detailed information is required by the SSA to make their determination, particularly in cases that progress to administrative law judge hearings where expert testimony is given concerning the existence of jobs in significant numbers for claimants who have specific limitations. Your disability attorney in Augusta, Georgia knows that the factors dictating the outcome of a case may lie in such details.
How can some form questions be answered when “Yes” or “No” is not enough?
A disability lawyer in Augusta, Georgia knows that sometimes an answer needs to be explained and that the Social Security Administration will be better able to make a determination if more information is given. Therefore, the margins on a form should be used to explain any question that requires more than a “Yes” or “No” answer. In fact, the Administration gives more weight to the opinions of physicians who do a thorough job of explaining their answers than those who answer as simply as possible.
Contact a disability lawyer in Augusta, Georgia
If you have questions or concerns about the role and function of your physician in your Social Security disability case, please request a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable disability lawyer in Augusta, Georgia by calling the law offices of Wilkinson and Magruder, LLP at 706-737-0771.