It is somewhat common for there to be a bit of a disagreement between individuals and insurance companies regarding whether or not those individuals are disabled. A person may claim that they are now disabled and will never be able to work again, but the insurance company may believe that they are overstating their condition and that they would be fine to work with treatment or in another position.
When both sides decide to dig in and hold to that line, it can be difficult to reach a solution. This is when medical evidence can be so helpful. The opinions and documents from a medical professional can help to show whether or not a disability is legitimate.
Working with a doctor to establish your disability
There are a few things you need to know about working with your doctor or your medical team, starting with the fact that you need to follow their orders. If they give you treatment options, and you try them but are not able to return to work, this helps to show that you are in fact disabled. It also shows that you attempted to work through the condition, but you couldn’t do so and are unlikely to do so in the future.
But it’s not all about what your doctor’s opinion of your condition is. They may be able to provide other types of hard evidence, such as scans, x-rays, and things of this nature. They can show beyond any reasonable doubt that you are not making up your condition and that you are significantly injured, to the point of disability.
Gathering evidence is just one reason that this process can take a long time. Make sure you know exactly what legal options you have if your disability claim has been unfairly delayed or denied.