Marcus Vaden Law - May 2020 501-354-4577 05.20

How to Navigate Doctors’ Appointments To Help Your SSD Case 600 South German Lane, Suite 102, Conway, AR 72034 • 501-354-4577

Talking to your doctor is a crucial part of getting approved for Social Security disability (SSD) and can sometimes be the No. 1 factor. Unfortunately, those conversations can often be cut short or you may not know what exactly to bring up. But if you consider the following aspects, you’ll be able to make the most of your doctor’s visit as we fight for your benefits. First, make sure you qualify for disability. Consider these four situations. First, is chronic pain affecting your daily life? Second, are you having trouble holding a job because of pain affecting your work? Third, are simple tasks and functions hard to complete? Fourth, is it difficult for you to sit or stand for any length of time? If you feel your condition matches these four situations, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Right now, your life probably feels like a roller coaster. Some days, you feel like climbing a mountain, and other days, you can’t even walk to the fridge. I get it. Chronic pain is not an easy thing to live with. It’s a life- altering circumstance. Unfortunately, some doctors don’t believe in the concept of disability. It’s easy to brush the idea off when you’ve never experienced it for yourself. Let’s say you’re experiencing a rough week. Standing for any length of time causes your legs to swell and feel stiff. You call in sick for a few days, and you spend the majority of your time sleeping in the hopes that you can relax the pain away. You finally manage to pick up the phone and call your doctor to make an appointment. Often, when you go to the doctor for this kind of problem, they want to hear about your symptoms. After the week you’ve experienced, you start by saying, “I can’t stand very long. My leg gets so stiff and swollen.” After your visit, you’ll probably leave with a stronger prescription but no added value to your case. Your doctor most likely documented your symptoms and prescription adjustments in your file, but there was no step made toward bettering the problems that you do have. What’s more, you’re not getting you any closer to qualifying for the SSD that would allow you to focus more on improving yourself without worrying financially. We all know you can’t stand over

your doctor’s shoulder and proofread everything he/she has written about you during your appointment. However, you can change the way you present yourself to them. Instead of listing all of your symptoms and moving on, talk about how your pain is affecting you. Elaborate on how the illness is impacting your everyday life, no matter how small. Try saying something like: “After about 30 minutes, my leg gets so stiff and swollen that I can’t bear to stand any longer. I can only stand 3–4 hours per day, and then I can’t get up for the rest of the day. And when I lay down too long, a throbbing sensation takes over. I cannot perform simple daily tasks, nor can I go to any of my grandkids ball games. Additionally, it’s causing me to miss work since there is standing for long periods involved with my job.”Not only are you relaying your symptoms, but you are also describing how the symptoms are affecting your life and causing everyday, mundane tasks to be difficult or impossible because of the pain. With proper and consistent documentation of your disability by your doctor, you will increase your chances of approval. If you have been denied SSD and feel there has been an injustice, call me today or fill out our form! My team will be happy to review your case and let you know how we can help. Our number is 501-354-4577.

-Marcus Vaden

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