While the basic idea of having your personal physician write a letter explaining the nature of your disability to the Social Security Administration is sound, the reality of most doctors’ letters is that they are not written in a way that will ultimately be helpful to your case.

Most doctors’ letters fall into three categories:

  • Too short and vague Often doctors will write letters that are brief and lacking in the necessary detail.
  • Don’t make the connection Without guidance, a lot of doctors won’t explicitly connect your physical or mental capacity issues with limitations in performing workplace tasks.
  • Absent It is not remotely uncommon for doctors to forget—or even ignore—requests for letters to the SSA.

However, your instinct about including documentation directly from your treating physician is exactly right! It just needs to be in a properly structured format.

A Medical Source Statement, such as the RFC form, is an objective and carefully documented assessment of your condition, explaining the nature of your condition and how it impacts your capacity to reliably perform functions necessary to maintaining employment. The statement is combined with hard medical evidence—test results, imaging, and more—to further advance your claim.

It’s possible that your doctor may require a fee to complete an RFC form, but the support provided by this key piece of evidence is usually worth it. We almost always advance this fee on behalf of our clients.

If you’ve been struggling to put together a persuasive case for Bellevue disability benefits, don’t wait another day. Call the empathetic professionals at Cuddigan Law at 402-933-5405. Also ask for a copy of our free booklet, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case.

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