For a claimant, the first step in a Social Security Disability Case should be a meeting with his/her doctor. Does the doctor support the claim for disability? If so, will the doctor write a letter supporting the claim? Does the doctor’s treatment records support the claim? For example, if the disability is based on chronic pain, does the doctor’s treatment records show the claimant was treated for chronic pain over a period of time with shots, painkillers, physical therapy, a TENS unit, epidurals, etc. Also, has the doctor given the claimant given the claimant a handicapped parking sticker or placard?

If the claimant’s own treating doctor will not support the claim, then there is a problem. This needs to be discussed with the claimant’s Social Security Disability lawyer.