The Injury & Disability Law Center June 2019

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June 2019

Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, and Workers’ Compensation

AThank-You to the Doctors Who Treat Our Clients: You Play a Bigger Role Than You Might Know

In the last edition of our newsletter, Jeremy wrote about the crucial role chiropractors play in our personal injury cases. This month, I want to acknowledge the people who serve vital roles in our Social Security disability and veterans’ disability cases: doctors. During our first conversations with prospective clients, Jeremy and I tell them a fundamental aspect of a successful claim is making sure they’re meeting with a great doctor who keeps records of their medical treatment. No matter how poor a client’s health is, if there is no medical evidence indicating their condition, we won’t have a good case. For example, even if the patient has difficulty walking, without medical records, they won’t have a sound claim, and we won’t be able to win their case. Doctors’ offices are integral to this documentation process. When we start pursuing a client’s case, we ensure they’re getting proper treatment, and once the case reaches the hearing level, we reach out to their doctor and request medical records and the doctor’s notes that accurately reflect the client’s health. Our ability to work closely with doctors to get these records is a huge part of what we do. In our collective experience, we’ve noticed some doctors are more willing to work with us, while others take slightly longer to send over records. We understand this delay; doctors literally have the most stressful and demanding job in the world. But many of these Social Security disability claims are time sensitive, so if we don’t have access to current medical records at the time of the hearing, the claim can easily get denied. That’s why it’s extremely helpful when doctors can work with us, and we are so grateful to those who have done so.

“While these questionnaires will add an additional five minutes to appointments, having a doctor’s opinion can make or break a client’s chances of having their claim approved and winning their case. Filling out these evaluations can quite literally change a person’s life.”

In addition to providing past medical records, another helpful aspect of this process occurs when we receive a specific opinion from the doctor regarding their thoughts about the client’s ability to work. In both Social Security disability and veterans’ claims, we try to provide evidence to prove that a client’s health prohibits them from working. To make it less time-consuming for doctors, we’ve created a brief questionnaire we give to clients, so during their next appointment, they can ask the doctor to fill it out. Because we don’t want to put a kink in doctors’ busy schedules, we made the questionnaire as easy and quick to fill out as possible. We pose questions like: “How long can he/she stand

before needing to sit down?” and “How long can he/she stay sitting before needing to move?”

While these questionnaires will add an additional five minutes to appointments, having a doctor’s opinion can make or break a client’s chances of having their claim approved and winning their case. Filling out these evaluations can quite literally change a person’s life. To that end, we want to extend a special thank-you to all the doctors who have worked with us to change their patients’ (and our clients’) lives for the better. If you have any questions about the process or the questionnaire, please don’t hesitate to ask.

-Jo sh Worley

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