Your Medical Records and Your Social Security Disability Claim

Your medical records are reviewed at the initial application and the reconsideration stage by a medical consultants. What do they do?

They don’t render a diagnosis, but what they do is read your records and determine your restrictions and limitations and your ability to engage in work activity.

The medical consultant is trying to determine whether you have the physical or mental capacity to return to one of your former jobs or to any other type of employment.

Many times, the consulting physician is doing this because in your medical records it is not evident that your doctor has not rendered an opinion about your restrictions and limitations.

At Cavey and Barrett, we submit to your treating physicians forms called residual functional capacity forms for them to complete. We’d rather have your treating physician render an opinion about your physical abilities than a physician who has been hired by the Office of Disability Determinations to review records.

More often than not, these physician consultants will opine that you are capable of doing light or sedentary work and capable of going back to work. That only means one thing- a Social Security claims denial.

If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits or your claim for benefits have been denied, contact Social Security Disability attorney, Sharon Barrett, who practices in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

You can call her at 727-894-3188. If you can’t get through to our Social Security Disability operators, please be sure to call back.

If you would like more information about your rights regarding Social Security Disability Benefits, you can order our FREE book,"Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" by submitting the form in the sidebar. We will send it out immediately along with other important information.

For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, visit our law firm web site at If you would like to speak with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys about your case, feel free to call us anytime at (727) 897-9117 or simply submit our contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

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