Will I get approved for disability if my doctor supports my claim ?
This is number eleven in our list of mistakes not to make on a social security disability or SSI claim. Don't assume that you will get approved for disability if your doctor indicates he/she will be supportive of your claim.
The text you just read may seem a bit curious. However, I have a reason for writing it. I've been acquainted with a number of situations in which disability applicants were under the strong impression that their personal doctor would fully support their social security disability or ssi claim. Unfortunately, when the time came for their physician to actually be supportive, no support was forthcoming.
In one situation, I actually spoke to a doctor who informed me that he could not complete a statement on behalf of his patient despite the fact that he had previously expressed support for the patient's disability case. Apparently, the physician wanted to burn the candle at both ends: to appear supportive even though he did not believe the claimant/patient was disabled.
The point of this post? Don't simply assume that one of your doctors will support your social security disability or ssi disability claims. Instead, it may be helpful to discuss your disability claim first to discern whether or not the physician will be able to support the claim. If this turns out not to be the case, it may be wise to discuss the matter with another treating physician, or perhaps even to investigate the possibility of changing medical treatment sources.
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