My doctor says I am disabled. So why is Social Security denying my Social Security disability claim?

We oftentimes have clients who come in with a script-note or a letter from the doctor that says that they are totally disabled and unable to work. And so, they are confused as to why Social Security has denied their case. The reality is that the final determination as to whether you meet the medical requirements is left up to the Social Security Administration. They can take into account things that your doctor may say, but they are not bound by anything that your doctor says. The most important thing is that your doctor indicates what your limitations are. The conclusion that you’re unable to work is usually insufficient. What you really want is a letter from your doctor explaining all the problems that you have on a day-to-day basis, really getting into detail about your limitations. That will be key evidence that the Social Security can use to determine if you meet the disability requirements.