One of the best weapons in your arsenal during the disability application process is a diagnosis from a specialist. While a general doctor’s diagnosis can get you started, the truth is that the same statement from a specialist will carry more weight with the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you are applying for disability benefits, make sure that you either have already seen a specialist or plan to do so while you are going through the Social Security disability application process.
Why it Matters
Getting a diagnosis from a specialist is so important to a disability application, because it will give more legitimacy to your disability claim. A diagnosis from a general physician is useful, but a diagnosis from a specialist adds huge credibility to your claim since their experience and training in a specialized field cannot be argued. In fact, the word of a specialist is so important in disability applications that many disability attorneys will insist that you see one before they take your case.
How to Get an Appointment
When finding a disability doctor, the first step in getting a diagnosis from a specialist is making an appointment. The best way to make an appointment is through your general physician. Explain to your doctor that you are applying for disability benefits and that you would like to be examined by a specialist. Once your doctor has made a referral it is easy and vital to follow up with the specialist.
Seeing More Than One Specialist
Most people who make a disability claim are doing so because of one disability, but if you are suffering from multiple disabilities it cannot hurt to have the opinions of multiple specialists on file. For example if you are applying for disability based on being paralyzed but also have asthma or another condition, seeing a specialist for each of these will help. When the SSA makes a determination on a disability claim, they take into consideration all information you have provided them. The more information you give them, the better chance you have of having your disability claim approved.
Using a Specialist for Appeals
Unfortunately not everyone who deserves disability benefits gets approved on the first attempt. If you are appealing a disability claim denial, make sure you see a specialist who will agree with your diagnosis. Many people who did not see a specialist during their initial claim have found that seeing a specialist for their appeal helped improve their chances significantly.
In the end, seeing a specialist when necessary is essential to having your disability claim approved as soon as possible. Many disability attorneys make sure their clients have seen a specialist before handling their case.