Suffering a disability that will prevent you from working for the foreseeable future (at least one year) can allow you to file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. When starting the process, you should enlist the help of not only an attorney, but also your doctor. Your doctor can wind up helping you immensely when applying for benefits in Indianapolis.
The most important part a doctor plays in helping you file for disability benefits is promptly providing the medical source statement. This statement explains, in detail, how much you will be able to lift, walk, stand or sit if you were to work while disabled. A doctor should be able to provide any and all limitations you will have physically if you return to work while disabled.
Your primary care doctor should be the person who completes all of the medical forms associated with filing for disability benefits. Do not let a doctor who has not treated any of your conditions complete these forms. This could easily lead to confusion and other problems with your application for disability benefits.
The same can be said for specialists. If you are sent to a specialist for a disability related to your back, you should have the specialist complete any forms required for the application. This will show the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you have consulted the proper doctor for your medical issue.
Working with your doctor and an experienced disability attorney when filing for Social Security Disability benefits can make the application process go much smoother than if you attempted to do it on your own. Your doctor can answer your questions, provide the proper documentation and help explain your disability to anyone who asks.