If you are permanently disabled, then doctors’ appointments are likely a routine part of your life. You are likely visiting doctors in Bellevue, Papillion, or La Vista often to treat your medical conditions. These visits have likely become so routine for you that you don’t think about them much until you are sitting in your doctor’s office.

That Could Be a Mistake

It is your doctor’s job to treat your medical conditions to the best of her ability. Your doctor also has a responsibility to be honest when reporting about your condition to government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration. Accordingly, it is important that you prevent any miscommunications with your physician that could affect your recovery of Social Security disability benefits.

For example, you should be careful:

  • Not to answer the question, “How are you?” with “I’m fine” if you aren’t fine. Your doctor is not asking you to be polite. She really want to know how you are so that she can provide the right treatment plan for you
  • To remember all of your questions. The answers to the questions are important to you, and the questions themselves are important to your doctor. They help your doctor understand what is really going on with you, what your pain is like, and the limitations your condition imposes on your life.
  • To follow your doctor’s advice. Ultimately, your doctor is your advisor. It is up to you to follow his or her advice.

Then, your doctor will have accurate information for your treatment and for your possible Social Security disability claim.

Now Is the Time to Protect Your Social Security Disability Claim

You’ve worked hard to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits and now that you need those benefits you deserve to have your claim approved. You can get started protecting your Social Security disability claim today by being honest with your doctor and by reading our FREE book, 5 Deadly Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Social Security Disability Case.

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