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A Single Doctor Visit Won't Establish Your Disability Claim


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5/16/2013
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Applying for Social Security disability benefits is much different than getting off jury duty, or convincing your boss that you caught the flu and had to take the entire week off work—you can't just supply the proverbial “note from your doctor” and expect the authorities to approve to your request. The fact is that there's too much at stake when the government decides to grant you disability benefits: the Social Security administration will effectively be on the hook for your care for decades, at a cost of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. It'll take a lot more than a brisk diagnosis by your family doctor (“my patient has a wrenched lower back and is in constant pain”) to convince an SSI bureaucrat!

In this respect, you have to think about applying for Social Security disability benefits as a marathon, and not a sprint. In order to convince the government that you are too disabled to work, you have to present a veritable mountain of medical evidence, obtained at different times (if your doctor says you were in “great pain” during one visit, how much pain were you in two weeks afterward? Two months? You get the idea). It will help if you can show the results of blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, and other sophisticated medical procedures, and if you obtain a second and third opinion of your medical condition before you send in your application; an itemized list of hospital bills, doctor visit copayments, and prescription medications will also bolster your case.

Are you a northern California resident who is too ill to work, but doesn't know how to establish your medical condition to the satisfaction of the Social Security Administration? You need to hire an experienced lawyer who will work with you to make your application as rock solid as possible. Call the northern California Social Security disability experts at the Ledgerwood Law Group (888-761-7383) for a free consultation today!



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