Doctors’ Questions

law_imgAs part of representing a claimant, a disability Albuquerque lawyer may field a variety of questions from doctors. These physicians may be asked to provide objective medical opinions about their patients. Here are a few questions and answers that tend to arise in this context.

Will I negatively impact my patient’s case if I say that may patient can perform some work-related activities?

Probably not. Some physicians continue to believe that their patient must be completely bedridden in order to receive disability benefits. However, this is not the legal or medical standard. If a doctor is concerned about saying the wrong thing or how information should be phrased, he or she may wish to contact a New Mexico Social Security disability attorney for further guidance.

What is the worst thing that I can do when describing my patient’s ability to work?

The worst thing that you can do is to exaggerate a patient’s symptoms or impairments. A treating doctor’s opinion is given substantially more weight than other types of evidence. However, the judge can dismiss an opinion entirely if he or she doubts its veracity.

Should I fill out forms if I really believe that my patient is able to work a full-time job?

Yes. The Social Security Administration makes it easier for claimants to be approved for benefits the older that they get. A person may be able to perform certain jobs and still be found disabled.

Legal Assistance

If you would like more information on this topic or information to share with your doctor, contact a disability Albuquerque lawyer from the Law Office of Michelle Baca and Associates.