The first step in any claim for social security disability is proving that you have an impairment that prevents you from sustaining gainful activity. To prove the existence of an impairment, the social security administration looks to your medical records, your doctor’s opinions of your capabilities, and then, if necessary, incorporates your testimony at a hearing to determine your eligibility for benefits. No matter the diagnosis, how you feel, or what you know your limitations to be, it is crucial that you have sought and received medical treatment. Medical treatment can not only provide a diagnosis, but can outline the specific limitations caused by your impairments.
It is also important for claimants to continue treatment during the application and appeal process and follow the recommendations of their treating physicians and/or medical professionals. Compliance with treatment over a long period of time bolsters the credibility of your application and proves that your condition is long lasting, severe and disabling.
The path to a favorable outcome can be a long and difficult journey that takes a toll financially, emotionally and physically on even the strongest of individuals. As such, it is important that you take advantage of any and all resources available to continue treatment during your application process. At Bailey & Galyen, our experienced staff can help you find affordable treatment solutions available in your community that can provide medical care at reduced costs during this difficult time.
Bailey & Galyen can also provide your doctors with forms and questionnaires specifically designed to outline your limitations. These forms can be customized to your unique physical and mental diagnosis and the specific limitations they cause. A strong opinion statement from your treating physician can considerably bolster your chances of a favorable outcome.
If you are hurt and unable to work, it is crucial that you have hardworking experienced attorneys helping you navigate the complicated social security application process. Please contact us at Bailey & Galyen for a free disability evaluation.