Many people ask if their particular condition qualifies them for Social Security disability benefits. This simple question doesn’t have a simple answer. Generally speaking, it’s just impossible to point to one condition and say that it will or will not rise to Social Security’s definition of “disability.” The more important question is how that condition affects your ability to work. The best way to determine and prove your limitations is through a statement from your doctor.
In a recent case, a claimant had been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). He didn’t have a long list of medical records of treatment by multiple specialists but the records he did have were key in winning his case. First, his doctor made clear and descriptive treatment notes, including an explanation of the claimant’s condition and the doctor’s opinion that he was unable to work. His doctor specifically documented the patient’s struggle with pain. Finally,his doctor completed a form for him that stated that the claimant’s pain was virtually incapacitating to him and would keep him from functioning at a productive level of work.
The claimant received a fully favorable decision and will now receive his financial and medical benefits because his doctor was so thorough with his treatment notes and gave a detailed opinion on the claimant’s limitations. This case highlights how important it is to work closely with your doctor to gather information for your Social Security disability claim. A good opinion from your doctor can mean the difference between winning and losing your case. An experienced Social Security disabilty attorney can help in this area by making sure Social Security has all of your medical records and by providing forms for your doctor to complete.