Disability Denials: Congressman wants investigation

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Social Security hires doctors to review a large number of people applying for disability. The quality of the reviews was the subject of a newspaper investigative report in Tennessee. This happens in every state.

Doctor letters for Your Social Security Disability

Ask your doctor if she is willing to write a letter that you may use in your Social Security Disability case.

Some doctors are willing to help out if they know what to write.

A general letter with the conclusion that you are disabled will be ignored and will not help.

The Judge is interested in the severity of your symptoms and how they interfere with your daily activities.

For instance, do your headaches occur once a week and you have to lay down for 3 to 4 hours at a time? Are your medications reducing the frequency of your headaches but not eliminating them?

Will your condition cause you to need to take multiple breaks throughout the day on a regular basis?

Do you need to elevate your legs waist height and above for several hours throughout the day?

Ask the doctor to include your specific limitations in your letter.

The medical records must support what your doctor writes so make sure that you keep your doctor and nurses informed on your ongoing problems and limitations.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Preparing Your Social Security Disability Case

If you cannot work and need to file for Social Security Disability you must make sure that you have the foundation laid for your case.

First, going to the doctor and explaining your major conditions and limitations is mandatory.

Social Security relies on what is in your medical records.

Your testimony paints the picture, but what is in the medical records is the main part of your case.

An example is “my low back hurts most of the day and it is hard to stand more than 10 or 15 minutes at a time. I have to sit in a recliner with my feet up off and on throughout the day.”

Second, get prescriptions from your medical providers.

For example, do not just use a cane. Ask the doctor for a prescription for the cane. Then you can ask insurance to pay for the cane and it shows the doctor is acknowledging your need for an assistive device.

Third, ask the doctor to explain in writing how severe your symptoms are and how they may impact your daily activities.

Not all doctors will agree to do this. However, it is worth it to ask.

Fourth, get your xrays, MRIs, and testing done so that you have objective proof of your conditions.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

How to Testify at Your Hearing

The key to testifying at any court hearing, whether it be Social Security Disability or Workers’ Compensation, is to be believable.

The Judge has to decide if you are making sense in light of the medical records, injury reports, and doctors’ testimony.

You will need to get an idea of the questions you will be asked at the hearing.

You should contact your attorney to discuss the areas of questioning and why the questions are being asked.

This will help you prepare for your court hearing.

Make sure to practice at home so you will be ready for big day.

People may error in the excess, such as testifying that they are always in pain and can do nothing at all. Others will testify that they are better than they really are and can do all kinds of activities.

Neither extremes are believable.

What the Judge wants to know is what happens on a typical day. You may also testify about what happens on bad days and better days. Be prepared to give an estimate of the number of bad and better days that you experience.

Additional witnesses or letters of support may also support your testimony.

Questions about how to make your case more believable? Feel free to contact Illinois Work injury and Social Security Disability attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.