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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Getting the Right Doctor – and Attorney too – for SSDI/SSI

The article “Getting the Right Doctor for Social Security Disability” provides an interesting insight about the treating physician’s cooperation when applying for social security disability or supplemental security income.

This is especially true because SSA decision on whether or not one is eligible to receive benefit payments largely depends on one’s medical records and/or findings by the physician. But, as the material pointed out, some physicians are reluctant to get involve in social security cases.

So finding a “willing” doctor, without compromising qualification and credibility, can be at times equally harder as the process of application and claim itself. It was explicitly suggested that one find a new physician – but chances are slim.

In this regard, why not find a good, experienced and qualified Social Security law attorney to assist you with everything that pertains to either SSDI/SSI? Everything means even finding the best doctor for you.

The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits under the following programs:

1. The Social Security disability insurance program. This program pays benefit to you and certain family members if you have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

If your child’s disability started before the age of 22, he/she may also qualify for benefits on your earnings record.

2. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. This program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

You may call SSA toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213, visit their website at or consult with a Social Security Law attorney to know how to avail SSA disability benefits.

Bear in mind however, that SSA imposes strict qualifications and proof of severe medical conditions to be eligible to SSA disability benefits.

According to the SSA itself, for an initial application, you will have to wait at least 88 days. That’s about time to finish a round the world tour. And the hardest part is: 64% of initial applications are denied.