Pt off work scared to apply for disability


#1

if a patient is off work in discomfort for example due to a medical condition but wants to try to go back to work and has yet to submit the forms can they approve for the period the pt has been off (say 4 months)
also any suggestions on what to do if the pt does not agree with what is on the form?

sincerely

dan


#2

for example if the form says “needs up to date psyc assessment” but it is due to a secondary medical condition. can you request that the doctor take all psyc stuff off the form ?


#3

the pt is totally against going to a psychiatrist but has another medical condition that is causing inability to work (harassed constantly about it / trying to go various doctor about it to get treated / in discomfort / embarrassed , etc)
what would you do


#4

Do you mean you’ve been off work for 4 months but haven’t filled out the forms to apply for STD yet?

The STD forms ask for a psych assessment but that is not relevant to you?
The doctor can just fill out relevant parts.

I don’t know how to deal with a situation where the doctor’s diagnosis differs with the patient’s opinion.
Have them give it to you for review before submission.


#5

Could it be treated if you were off work?


#6

I strongly advise against tying to get the doctors to change the forms and their medical diagnosis. The more a patient disagrees with a diagnosis the more the insurance company will focus on it. Trying to get the doctor to remove conditions is a mistake. If the person does not want to do recommended treatment (like seeing a psychiatrist), then the insurance claim is almost certain to be denied for that reason.


David Brannen

Disability Lawyer with Resolute Legal

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