When it comes to applying for Social Security disability benefits in Louisville, your doctor’s opinion can make all of the difference.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) weighs your doctor’s opinion heavily when they decide whether you are eligible for benefits of not. This is because your doctor has a unique insight into your situation. Without your doctor’s opinion, you may not get benefits at all, but it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed benefits just because your doctor says that you are disabled. The SSA doesn’t automatically defer to doctors’ judgement because they have to consider several factors when weighing your doctor’s opinion, including the amount of time you’ve been seeing the doctor and the nature of your relationship with them.

The Treating Physician Rule helps the SSA to determine when to make decisions based off of doctors’ opinions.

This rule was designed to help the SSA determine when to make their determinations off of the opinion of treating physicians. When the criteria for this rule are met, the doctor’s opinions are given controlling weight, which means that their opinion is the ruling opinion. In general, if your doctor’s opinions comply with the Treating Physician Rule, then they will be used to determine the case.

In order to be in compliance with the Treating Physician Rule, your doctor’s opinions must:

  • be well-supported by laboratory diagnostic and medically recognized techniques.
  • not be inconsistent with the remaining evidence in your case.

If your doctor’s opinions aren’t given controlling weight, the SSA will take a number of factors into account to determine how much weight they will give the opinions. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more.