Doctors can be a big help in your Social Security Disability case.

There are no guarantees, of course, even if your doctor is in your corner, but it is certainly worth a try.

I have seen Administrative Law Judges who ignore what the doctor says.

The Judge will write something like the doctor’s opinion does not match what is in the medical records.

Some doctors are reluctant to get involved in writing a note, a letter, or filling out paper work.

The doctors may misunderstand the process.

They will not be dragged into court to testify.

And only rarely will the Judge seek follow up information from the Doctor.

The best way to approach the doctor is humbly and honestly.

No one likes to feel manipulated.

So make sure you do not overstate your symptoms and limitations, but do not gloss over your problems either.
If you tell the doctor that everything is fine, then do not expect the doctor to put in your medical records or a letter that you are having problems.

It is not necessary to tell the doctor that you are seeking Social Security Disability. Some Judges will use this against you and make it sound like you are a malingerer, one who is faking her illness.

The best approach may be to tell the doctor at each visit how your daily activities are affected. Such as I have to elevate my legs three times a day for 30 minutes each time to deal with my knees swelling.

Questions about your disability? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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