Does SSA Care If Your Doctor Thinks You Are Disabled?
By Jon Ressler, Attorney, Roose & Ressler
For well over 20 years, Social Security acknowledged that your treating doctor has unique insight in assessing your medically-caused functional limitations. Not anymore.
If you filed a Social Security disability application since March 27, 2017, the voice of your treating doctor is now just one among many. Social Security adopted new rules about how it will weigh opinions from medical sources. This change will make proving disability more difficult in many cases and is likely to result in increased denials for claimants with genuine disability.