Disability Doctors and Their Role in a Disability Case

Posted July 15, 2014

Many of our clients ask us whether or not we have a “Disability Doctor” who can help them get Social Security Disability benefits. The fact of the matter is, the only physicians that are normally recognized by the Social Security Administration in determining whether or not a person should be granted disability benefits are the treating physicians of the claimant.

The Federal Statutes mandate that for a diagnosis to be valid it must be made by a licensed physician, psychiatrist or psychologist. Many medical providers including nurses, nurse assistants, nurse practitioners, chiropractors and physicians assistants are not credible medical sources as to the claimant’s ultimate condition or disability. What this means, for most claims, is it is actually necessary to get a licensed physician involved in rendering an opinion.

At Drummond Disability we have developed a variety of user-friendly forms that are easy for doctors to fill out so we can comply with the Federal Regulations.

The only true “Disability Doctors” that are involved in a Social Security Disability claim are the ones employed by the Social Security Administration to examine the claimant and to render opinions as result of their examinations. In most claims, the Social Security Administration also employs physicians who read the medicals in the file without actually seeing the claimant and who also render an opinion as to the medical limitations based upon their review of the evidence.

Unfortunately, many of these reviews are sorely lacking and we have found that many of these particular reviews ignore much of the evidence in the file and will make findings totally unsupported by the medical evidence in the file. That’s when we go to work and do something about it!

If you would like to discuss your Social Security Disability or SSI claim with us, call us at 1- 800-842-0426 for your free evaluation or visit our website at www.drummonddisability.com.

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