I think there is one “best” way to get your doctor’s support for your disability claim. That is to be absolutely honest with your doctor, from the time you know what you’re going to do. I’ve run across a lot of doctors in this business. I find that most are hard-working and truly care about their patients. Some doctors, for philosophical reasons, simply won’t support a disability claim. I think they take the mistaken view that this is some sort of “entitlement” program instead of realizing that this is actual long-term disability coverage that the patient has paid for by virtue of a payroll tax subtracted from the patient’s paycheck.
The best way to approach your doctor on this case is to be straightforward. Tell your physician you are having difficulties keeping up with your work. No one knows your diagnosis better than your doctor. Your doctor would also be in the best position to assess your limitations because of your diagnosis.
I have found that most doctors will tell their patients, right up front, if it’s a good idea to apply for disability benefits. If your doctor tells you it’s a “bad” idea, it probably means the doctor thinks you can work and you’re not going to get much support from this medical office.
On the other hand, I’ve seen plenty of situations where doctors have actually encouraged their patients to apply for disability benefits, recognizing the difficulties their patients are having keeping up with work or even attending work.
The old saying goes that “honesty is the best policy.” Honesty sure works here. Give it a try and see what your doctor has to say.