Another common question I get is what is the single best thing to do to increase chances of winning a Missouri disability appeal. Continuing to see your doctor. This is true even if there is no more that the doctor can do to make you better, this documentation can show Social Security your symptoms have not improved or have worsened. In today’s SSA disability environment documentation is often the key difference between success and failure.
Seeing your doctor regularly can also help your doctor update your treatment as medicines and treatments change. Continued doctor visits can be used to support your claim to get Social Security disability benefits; it can also keep you from having benefits improperly cut off after you receive Social Security disability benefits.
What you tell your doctor and do in response to your doctor’s recommendations is likely to show up in your medical records.
Make sure to tell the doctor everything that is bothering you, including medication side effects. Be honest and let your doctor how you are truly feeling. Don’t say you are “okay” or “doing fine” if you are actually in pain, can’t sleep or are worn out despite sleep, sad or depressed, running to the bathroom frequently or having other symptoms.
This can be a delicate subject with some doctors, but asking your doctor to put any restrictions in writing in the records can be very valuable evidence. For instance if he or she advises you get a cane or brace, suggests you need to lay down or put your feet up, feels that you cannot work, etc.
Follow all of your doctor’s advice. Do your best to get the treatment and follow the recommendations your doctor gives. If you cannot it is important to tell your doctor why you are unable to comply such as inability to afford a treatment or medicine or side effects from medicine and treatment that made you stop. Don’t just skip appointments. If you can’t make one reschedule immediately, preferably before the appointment time.
The Krebs Law Firm LLC offers a free case evaluation if you have questions about your Social Security disability claim. Many people may be worried that they do not have the money to pay for a Missouri disability lawyer or Missouri Social Security disability lawyer, but we only handle Social Security cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, there is no fee unless we are successful in getting you the benefits that you deserve. If you would like to speak to Jason Krebs and his staff simply call (417) 883-5886 for your free case evaluation or to discuss your appeal today! Do not delay as you only have 60 days to file for an appeal in Missouri or ask for a reconsideration if you live in Arkansas or Oklahoma.
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