As you know, having good medical records is the number one most important thing to getting approved Social Security Disability benefits. What you may not know, is that there are things you should be doing while you are at your doctor visits.
If you are like me, you often want to down play anything that is wrong in an effort to not be seen as whinny or weak. When someone asks you how you are doing you respond with “fine” even though you may be anything but fine. This attitude can ruin your chances of receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
When you go to the doctor’s office, be sure and tell the doctor and the nurses everything that is going on with you in as much detail as possible. Instead of saying “my back has been achy” go into more detail like, “my back has been causing me a lot of pain, every time I stand up I feel a sharp pain in this part of my back..” etc. If you are having trouble with basic things like cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene due to your disability make sure you mention this to the doctor and nurse. This way the judge will get a better understanding of what is exactly going on with you rather than just a generalized, “ my back hurts.”
Although it is important to be thorough when you go to the doctor you also need to make sure you are not over exaggerating your symptom. Doctor’s are trained to notice signs malingering (patients lying about their conditions) and if they suspect it they will make sure to include it in your records. If the judge suspects you are over exaggerating at all your credibility, and chances of winning your claim, will be dramatically reduced.
If you need help applying for disability benefits Call Today for your free evaluation.