Why do I need to see a specialist? I see my primary doctor all the time!


You don’t have to see a specialist, but many times it will assist you with your case.  Medical records are extremely important in helping a person obtain social security disability benefits.  If the applicant has no medical records or very few medical records the person may be denied benefits on that basis.  If a person only has records from a primary physician that may also be a reason that the person is denied benefits.  That is because the records from a primary physician may be very brief and lack detail.  Often, they do not give enough details to support a person’s disability case. 



A specialist on

Social Security Disability and Social Security Retirement


I often hear the following during a phone call. I have retired early and applied for early retirement social security benefits. I have since become disabled. Can I still apply for social security disability benefits?



The answer is you can apply for social security disability benefits if you can prove that you became disabled before your full retirement age. That is the age when you would have first become entitled to 100% of your retirement benefits. If you became disabled after your full retirement age then you can no longer apply for social security disability benefits.



Please remember that this is just general

Can I apply for social security disability even if I am receiving short term disability benefits?


I receive many phone calls asking if it is possible to apply for social security disability benefits if an individual is receiving short-term disability benefits from a private or state plan. The answer is yes. If you are receiving short-term disability benefits there is no reason to delay applying for social security disability benefits.



Please remember that this is just general information, and everyone’s situation is unique. This article should not be considered legal advice.