The biggest misconception that people have about any disability program is that you just need your doctor to say you cannot work and you must be found disabled. Wrong. The first thing you must understand is that you are not going to be approved for Social Security Disability just because your doctor says you are disabled.
Social Security regulations specifically explain that “disabled” is a conclusion that only Social Security can decide. Your doctor cannot decide your case. That is a decision for Social Security.
What your doctor can do is give an opinion about your functionality. Your doctor needs to explain how long you can sit, stand and walk….how much you can lift and push and pull….and any other limitation you have with your ability to function. Have your doctor explain in writing why you could not work full-time, 5 days per week.
Why? Because Social Security’s regulations for disability are based on what you can no longer do. This is called your RFC – Residual Functional Capacity. You have to prove you cannot do your past work, and you do that by showing that you cannot do the physical or mental tasks of the job.
So, instead of asking your doctor to write down that you are disabled, ask them to write down a list of your restrictions.
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