It’s good that you’re waiting to file a disability benefits claim with Social Security until after you’ve talked to someone about changing doctors. Changing physicians once you’re already into the application process is one of those things that can stall out your claim unnecessarily.

Unfortunately, this is still a situation where you’ll need to proceed with caution. You may want to get a no-cost evaluation from a skilled Omaha disability attorney before you file your initial claim. It’s most desirable to have the opinion of a doctor who has treated you for several years when applying for Social Security, so this sort of change should only be done when absolutely necessary.

What does Social Security want from a treating physician?

  • A history – Typically, this should be a doctor who has examined, diagnosed, and treated you on several occasions.
  • Knowledge of your case – Besides having up-to-date records on your current health situation, the doctor should have full access to your medical history.
  • Willingness to cooperate – The doctor established as your treating physician will need to fill out forms and perform important tests as evidence for your case.

It’s possible that a skilled Omaha disability lawyer may be able to navigate your current doctor’s issues with Social Security—or advise you on your next step if that proves to be impossible. Call the Cuddigan Law Group at (402) 933-5405.

Additionally, our helpful report, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case, is available to you free.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska