Social Security Disability: Get the evidence you need

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Take the right steps to make sure this doesn’t happen to you!

Social Security Disability applicants sometimes have trouble getting the evidence needed to demonstrate that they have a disability.

PROBLEM 1: You haven’t had regular medical care because you don’t have health insurance.

Without regular medical care, it’s difficult to develop a relationship with a doctor that is strong enough that the doctor can complete a report on your health. Even if your disability is very real, proving it in Court can still be a hard thing to do. However, without medical insurance, most doctors won’t see a patient.

SOLUTION: In Nebraska there are some free clinics where you can be seen by a doctor even if you cannot afford to pay. To find a free clinic near you, contact your local health department. Anyone planning on applying for Social Security Disability should try to develop a relationship with a doctor by seeking regular medical care as often as possible.

PROBLEM 2: Many applicants don’t have the right kinds of conversations with their doctors about their disabilities.

Doctors are mainly concerned with your symptoms and how they can help you get well. They aren’t necessarily focused on the kinds of things they’ll need to know to help you with your Social Security Disability claim. To fill out a report for your claim, they’ll need to know exactly how much you can and cannot do.

While your attorney may invite your doctor to schedule an appointment with you so that they can gather the correct information, doctors often do not do this, and may complete your report with incomplete knowledge of your physical condition.

SOLUTION: It is important for you to educate your doctor about your limitations every time you see them, so that when they have to fill out a disability report, they will have a basis of knowledge to complete the report with.

Whether your disability is physical, mental, or some combination of the two, make sure to give your doctor specific examples of your limitations each time you see them. Talk to your doctor about what you can and cannot do such as:

  • how much you can lift,
  • how long you can stand for,
  • how much you can do with your hands,
  • or how easily you can handle social interactions.
Take the right steps to make sure that you get the evidence you need to support your Social Security Disability claim!

The offices of Rehm, Bennett, Moore & Rehm, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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