Do I Need to Tell My Doctor If I’m Filing for Disability?


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Do I Need to Tell My Doctor If I’m Filing for Disability?

Published on July 3rd, 2020 by Eric Slepian

If you’re in the process of applying for SSI in Flagstaff, AZ, the question of whether or not to tell your doctor that you’re applying may come to mind. The simple takeaway is yes, you should always tell your doctor that you’re applying for disability benefits. This is due to the fact that medical evidence is required in order to help prove your case. Letting your doctor know that you are applying can help you and your doctor compile the most compelling evidence.

Initiating the Conversation

Our team at Slepian Smith Ellexson, PLLC recommends talking to your doctor about your application before you begin the process. Having this conversation beforehand can help you and your doctor spends some time compiling the proper evidence for your case. It’s important to document your symptoms and limitations throughout your journey. Keep in mind that it may not be the best idea to immediately bring up disability benefits during the first appointment with a new doctor. It’s important to build a relationship with them beforehand. 

Write Down Details Beforehand

Capitalize on the potential for your doctor to understand your condition by keeping a detailed log as soon as you realize that you should apply for benefits. The more details that you can include, the better. A simple way to track your symptoms is by carrying a small calendar with you and notating which symptoms you are experiencing at which times. This will automatically create a log that you can show to your doctor. 

More Than One Doctor

In the case that you have multiple doctors, make sure to let each of them know that you are applying for benefits. Chances are, each doctor treats something different and can provide more insight into your condition. 

Reach out to our team before applying for SSI benefits in Flagstaff, AZ for assistanc with every step of the process! We even offer free case evaluations. We’ll work hard on your behalf to get you the benefits that you deserve.

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