Why Your Doctor, the Treating Physician, Is Important for Social Security Disability

Social Security is required to give great weight to your treating doctor’s opinion of your disability. What is a treating physician? The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a treating physician as someone who provides medical treatment for you and has, or has had in the past, an ongoing relationship with you. Basically, there needs to… Read More

Can Letters From Family and Friends Help My Disability Case at a Hearing?

While supportive letters from family and friends are usually disregarded by the judge, letters from employers and caregivers can help. Applicants for Social Security disability often ask friends and family to write letters in support of their disability case. While the administrative law judge (ALJ) who presides over the hearing often disregards these letters, sometimes… Read More