Going to the doctor is not always a pleasant experience. If you suffer from a disability, the inconvenience and pain takes a big toll on your life and your pocketbook. Though all of this may be true, the fact is, if you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, those dreaded doctor visits are extremely important. Here’s why:
To be considered disabled, you must first show the Social Security Administration that according to a doctor, psychologist, or medical practitioner, etc., you have a severe physical or mental impairment that does not allow you to hold a job. You cannot prove your case based upon your symptoms alone. This means that without enough good medical documentation, no matter how many symptoms you experience from day to day, you will not have a good chance of winning your case.
Let’s say the symptoms of disability are there, let’s go over some ways to make sure you have good medical documentation for your Social Security Disability Case.
- Make appointments with your healthcare provider, medical doctor(s), psychologists, and/or specialists and KEEP them! Don’t make excuses, these appointments are extremely important to your well-being and to your case. You may find more information about financial assistance for these appointments. Also, visit or subscribe to our site to be updated on ways to get help.
- Be very specific about the symptoms that you are experiencing to your doctor or healthcare provider. Describe what types of specific activities are difficult to do from day to day. Give a detailed description of what hurts, where it hurts, and how often. Be sure to keep your healthcare provider current by notifying them of any change, increase, or decrease in symptoms.
- Don’t exaggerate symptoms. Doctors and other healthcare providers are on the lookout for those who may exaggerate every symptom. Once he/she has established a patient as one who exaggerates, the patient loses credibility every time.
- Keep a simple record of doctor visits and keep it handy. Include the name of the healthcare provider, address and phone number, tests done, dates of visit and future appointments. This list will be very helpful when discussing your medical visits with your Social Security Attorney who will want to be kept informed about the status of your disability and medical findings.
As you make the effort to make the appointments with your health care providers and remember the tips outlined here, you will be able to be more confident in the outcome of your Social Security Disability Case.