Why Having a Supportive Doctor is Essential to Your Long-Term Disability Appeal
How Poor Medical Support Can Impact Your Claim
A letter from a doctor stating that you are disabled will not be enough to help you win your long-term disability case. In order to be effective, the information provided by your doctor must be specific about the limitations and restrictions you have because of your disabilities. Simply writing a letter that says you are disabled and cannot work without getting into the specific reasons why may result in the denial of a long-term disability claim.
The type of documentation that is used to provide medical information in disability cases is called an Attending Physician Statement. This form is provided by the insurance company and meant for your doctors to complete. Sometimes, this form is too vague and does not ask the correct questions on it to help evaluate your disability claim fairly and accurately. It’s important that your physician knows how to complete this form correctly.
Why Good Communication with Doctors is Vital
Seeing your doctor regularly and establishing a routine pattern of treatment creates good communication with him or her. A visit every three months for physical disabilities and more frequently for psychological disabilities will keep the doctor informed of your situation. Having physical or mental impairments can be extremely stressful, and quality communication with your doctor regarding your situation can help to lessen your stress. This is especially important if your disability is psychological. Feeling secure that your doctor knows your case and understands your situation can help you cope with difficult disability situations.
Why Finding a Doctor Who is Well-Versed in Disability Claims is Critical
It is very important for your doctor to understand his or her role in long-term
disability claims. He or she should understand the importance of filling
out paperwork accurately and knowing that there may be deadlines. Doctors
are busy and not focused on disability insurance claims, but you should
mistakes can render you an unfavorable decision.
It is best to have the opinions of a doctor who has treated you regularly to assist with your disability case. Enlisting the help of an experienced disability attorney can make it easier to work with your doctor to get the information you need to win your case. Contact Dabdoub Law Firm at (800) 969-0488 today to learn more.