If you plan on filing for Social Security Disability, you will need to have medical evidence to support your claim. Per regulations from the Social Security Administration, you must have signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings that prove your medical conditions. One of the most important people in any Social Security Disability claim is the claimant’s family doctor.
Your family doctor is the person who makes your initial diagnosis and identifies problems like a limited range of motion or back pain. They are also responsible for referring you to treatment with other specialists. More importantly, you likely have a long relationship with your family doctor, which means they have the best information about your illnesses, symptoms, and capabilities. Often, family doctors are the most willing to give us statements and sign forms related to Social Security Disability cases. This cooperation is extremely important and enables us to make a successful claim on behalf of our clients.
On occasion, however, our clients come to us having applied for benefits, but they do not have a family doctor to go to. Sometimes this is due to insurance issues, and sometimes they just haven’t had a chance to establish regular care. In other cases, our clients’ family doctors are not supportive of their claims or are simply unwilling to participate and assist us in putting together the evidence we need to win the case.
Grand Rapids Family Medicine Clinics
If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits in the Grand Rapids area, and you are looking for a family doctor or a doctor who better understands your legal needs, we would suggest contacting the following facilities:
1550 3 Mile Road NW, Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
- Metro Health Alger Heights
806 Alger Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
- Metro Health Cascade
4300 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
721 3 Mile Rd NW #200
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
300 Lafayette Avenue SE, Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MNI 49503
2849 Michigan Street NE, Suite 102
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
1000 East Paris Ave., SE, Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
If you are satisfied with your care at one of the clinics above, you may be well on the way to the next step of your case.
Involving Your Attorney
At Nolan & Shafer, our legal team can help you contact and meet with your medical providers. By providing our guidance, we can help your family physician word their statements regarding your physical capabilities correctly. Having these statements on file is extremely important for proving your case and winning benefits. Our Grand Rapids Social Security lawyers work hard to gather all appropriate evidence and present it in a way that puts you in the best position possible to win your case. Whether we are filing your application or presenting your case to an Administrative Law Judge, we are dedicated to helping you every step of the way.To get started, call us at (231) 403-0040 or schedule your free consultation online.