Your medical records contain information about your subjective complaints, any objective findings, the doctor’s assessment, and the treatment plan. However, they usually do not contain opinion evidence as to your specific limitations or RFC. It is crucial to obtain such opinion evidence. This is because the opinions from your treating doctor, who usually knows your condition better than any other medical source, is usually afforded substantial weight. However, it is usually not helpful for a doctor to state a simple conclusion that you are disabled without stating the reasons why you are disabled (i.e., what your specific physical or mental limitations are).

Social Security Disability Topics

The Social Security Disability Process

Types of Social Security Disability Benefits

How Social Security Determines if You Are Disabled

Improving Your Chances of Winning

Do I really need to get an attorney?

Your Hearing Before An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

Appealing a Denial of Benefits