The Importance of Your Doctor to Your Disability Benefits

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When it comes to a successful Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application, your doctor and/or care team are critical parts of the process. Besides helping you focus on care, treatment, and recovery, your doctor’s evidence has a greater impact on the Social Security Administration than just about any other aspect of your application. For this reason, your doctor is indispensable for demonstrating the seriousness of your medical condition and performing tests to determine your eligibility for benefits.

Eligibility Based on Social Security’s Disability List

You’ve probably heard about the Social Security Administration’s list of physical and mental medical conditions that are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. It’s an extensive list and each disability has specific qualifications and stipulations that need to be met in order to potentially qualify for benefits. As an alternative, if you are unable to perform work on a full-time basis you are considered disabled. Your doctor is the most qualified person to assess and make recommendations about your disability for your SSDI application.

How You Can Help Your Doctor With Your Disability Request

It’s important to let your doctor know you’ll be applying for benefits and take the opportunity to educate him or her about what that exactly means. Being open and transparent about your situation with your doctor will lead to a fairer and clear diagnosis. Additionally, your doctor can help identify your limitations as it pertains to a potential disability. It’s important that your doctor writes a formal statement that can be submitted along with your SSDI application.

How a Social Security Disability Attorney Works With Your Doctor

Even when you have a good relationship with your personal physician, the application can be daunting and success is far from guaranteed. An experienced Social Security disability attorney like those at Drew L. Johnson, Attorneys at Law will work closely with your doctor to ensure that you have all the tests and documentation you need for your application—and that you meet every deadline.


If you live in Eugene or Albany, Oregon and have a medical condition that prevents you from working, call our office today at (541) 434-6466 to schedule a free consultation.