Talking to your doctor about your Social Security disability application is one of the best things you can do to help improve your chances.
🍄 Get Ready
🍄 Decide if You are Disabled
When you apply for disability you are going to have to answer a lot of questions and your answers will be very important. If you believe you are disabled your answers will be different than if you believe you are not disabled.
🍄 Let Your Doctor Know What is True For You
Most doctors are nice people. They don’t want to say to someone “You’re totally disabled! And you will never work again!!” Because then their patients will cry. You can make things easier for your doc here. Tell you doctor what is true for you.
🍄 Be brave!
Many people feel shy or nervous about being upfront with their doctor about their condition and their disability application.
🍄 Talk About Your Limitations
Talk your doctor and let them know: Are you having any problems with sitting, standing, walking, moving, dressing, bathing or eating? Does your illness or medications give you difficulties with thinking, remembering or concentrating?
🍄 Explain Why You Are Unable to Work
🍄 If You Are Working Now
You can tell your doctor the Social Security definition of disability: Unable to maintain work earning more than $1,170 per month. Talk with your doctor about how you meet this definition.
🍄 Ask Your Doctor’s Opinion
“Doctor, do you agree with my decision to apply for disability?”
🍄 Reassure Your Doctor
Let them know that you will not bring them a lot of paperwork or expect their help forever. You would just like to set up a few extra appointments over the next year or so while you are applying and maybe have one form or one letter you’d like help with.
🍄 Thank You, Doctor
“Thank you, Doctor! I am so lucky to have a doctor like you. I promise not to be a lot of extra work or paperwork.”
🍄 Trouble Shooting
If your doctor does not support your application, this is not really bad news… it is good news because they told you! It is excellent to find this out now while there is still time to make a difference. Please read Dandelion’s extremely helpful story: Dandelion Switches Doctors
🍄 All Done?
How did it go? Did your doctor support your application a little, a lot or not at all? No matter what happened, You have some options for next steps.
Updated April 2017 🍄