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  • Ways You Can Help Win Your Social Security Disability Case

    1. Choose to see a specialist versus your primary care physician.  One of the key factors that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to look at is whether your treating doctor is a specialist.  If your doctor is a specialist and the Social Security-paid doctor is not a specialist, then your treating specialist's opinions will usually be given controlling weight.  Some primary care doctors do not refer patients to a specialist, such as a rheumatologist, unless the patient asks - Ask for a specialist.  Does a specialist really matter that much?  Here is an example:  Say you have rheumatoid arthritis.  The records show that you went to your primary care physician for treatment instead of a rheumatologist.  We often see judges' decisions where the judge says if the condition was severe, the primary care physician would have referred the patient to a specialist.  Other times we see judges say that if the condition really was severe, then the claimant would have gone to see a specialist.  << Read More