Posted on :October 20, 2015ByLowenstein Disability Lawyers
It often happens that it is the doctor, rather than the patient, who needs information concerning the role of the physician’s opinion in a Social Security disability case. In this blog, an experienced Palmdale disability lawyer addresses some of these issues.
Significance of Objective Medical Findings
Both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Palmdale disability lawyer will emphasize the vital nature of objective medical findings. The possible outcome of the patient’s case depends largely on them.
It is far easier for a Palmdale disability lawyer and the SSA to establish the claimant’s ability to work if the impairment can be found in the Listing of Impairments. If it cannot, then medical findings alone may not provide quite enough data for such a determination and more may be required.
The results of an x-ray may not, as the SSA has admitted, indicate clearly the degree of function found in a joint. 66 Fed. Reg. 58,017 (2001). Further, according to Parks, et al., “A Comparison of Lumbar Range of Motion and Functional Ability Scores in Patients with Low Back Pain,” Spine, Vol 28, No. 4, pp. 380-384, 2003, range of motion in the lumbar region and disability lack correlation as well, a fact that will have great significance for the SSA and the Palmdale disability attorney.
Advice From a Palmdale Disability Attorney on Preparing the Opinion
Often one of the best sources of information on what a patient can and cannot do is the patient himself. By combining your professional expertise with what the patient tells you, you can form a reasonable picture of your patient’s capacities. Your professional judgment is vital, however, as patients may sometimes describe symptoms that are not consistent with your diagnosis, their injury or illness, or the effects of medication and/or treatment.
If You Have Questions
Don’t hesitate to contact Palmdale disability lawyer Janna Lowenstein at 800-954-7752 for assistance or additional information.