Why won’t my doctor say I’m disabled?
A few years ago, I answered this question in a video.
When you are applying for disability benefits, you constantly hear people saying:
“My doctor won’t fill out a form.”
“My doctor won’t write a statement.”
“My doctor won’t say I’m disabled.”
Yes, I know it gets frustrating. It’s even more frustrating due to the fact that the Social Security Administration stresses the importance of relying on medical records in order to prove you are disabled. So what do you in this situation? How do you deal with a doctor who won’t say you’re disabled?
Here’s a few things to consider:
1) The doctor is not obligated to say you’re disabled. The doctor is not obligated to fill out forms. The doctor is not obligated to write a statement for you. The only thing the doctor is obligated to do is to treat you for your condition.
2) The limitations are more important than the statement. Any doctor can say you’re disabled but if the records don’t provide the basis for how the doctor reaches this conclusion, the statement may not be that helpful. In other words, you should care more about what the doctor says you can or cannot do as opposed to saying you’re disabled.
3) Social Security Administration determines if you are disabled. Not the doctor. The doctor’s medical records should support your medical condition. The treatment, testing, evaluation, and treatment plan should support your claim you are disabled.
4) You doctor may say you are not disabled. What are you going to do then? You have been stressing your doctor about writing a statement and then ‘BOOM’, they put a statement in your file that says they don’t believe you are not disabled. Now what?
The important part of the process is the fact you are getting medical treatment. Don’t stress if your doctor won’t say you are or are not disability. Just make sure they are actively documenting your conditions and giving you the best care possible.