21 Sample Doctor Letters for Disability

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The right kind of doctor’s letter can be a huge help to your case. Unfortunately, most doctors do not know the Social Security policies and do not know exactly what needs to be included in a letter (They don’t teach this in med school!).

Here are some great samples you can share with your doc:

Lotus’ Letter – A truly excellent letter. Includes a detailed chart that provides a complete medical description of how and why she cannot function and work, plus excellent information on medical evidence. For Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Letter about Memory and Cognitive Problems – This is a superb letter written by a psychologist. It details the neurological and cognitive problems in a patient with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A letter like this could also be helpful for a patient with Lyme, toxic mold exposure, CIRS, MCS, mental health, or any other conditions that cause cognitive problems.

RFC Forms – Many people do not get a letter from their doctor, they get an RFC form instead. A lot of doctor’s letters are too simple and do not include the specific information Social Security needs. An RFC form includes every question Social Security needs to know about your ability to function.

Ten Fantastic Letters from the Health Care for the Homeless Clinician’s Network. This includes both physical and mental health letters. The first three letters include information on how the patient meets the exact criteria listed in the Social Security blue book. The other letters are also excellent, detailed, well documented and very well written.

  • Letter one: Stroke
  • Letter two: Bipolar Disorder
  • Letter three: Neurological Disorder
  • Letter four: A wide assortment of physical and mental health issues
  • Letter five: Pain in knees, hip and back
  • Letter six: Bipolar disorder, plus physical health problems
  • Letter seven: Follow up to letter six
  • Letter eight: Bipolar, back pain, hernia, asthma
  • Letter nine: Psychiatric
  • Letter ten: Psychiatric

How to Use the Social Security Blue Book. Here’s an advanced method you don’t have to use. You can find your condition in the blue book and show it to your doctor. A letter that includes information from the blue book can be an enormous help.

Connie’s Lyme Disease Letter includes guidelines for a physician plus a sample letter.

Disability Evaluation in a Nutshell — For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This ebook includes a great, detailed sample letter. This webpage is a little weird. Scroll down and make sure to order the one that says “for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” It costs $5.

Tulip’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Letter – Tulip worked with her doctors to create this letter for her LTD appeal.

Zinnia’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Letter – Zinnia’s letter includes all the information the Social Security Ruling on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and explains how her case matches this.

Rosemary’s Medical Outline – Everyone told Rosemary there was no way she would ever get approved. She proved them wrong. Preparing a medical outline can be a great help to give to your doctor before asking for a letter. You can also give it to Social Security.

Carnation’s Medical Outline – Carnation’s outline was so good, and so helpful, the judge copied and pasted the entire thing right into her approval letter!


Learn More

How to Work with Your Doctor to Get a Great Letter – Many docs don’t know how to write a great letter or don’t have time to do so. Here’s some tips to make sure you get the best letter possible.

Daisy Wins Her Case with a Doctor’s Letter – Success Story. Here’s how she did it.

Disability for CFS, ME and Fibomyalgia – From the Mass CFIDS/ME & FM Association

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