Answered on Oct 10th, 2012 at 9:53 AM
Although medical documentation from a treating physician documenting your disability and limitations is very helpful, it may not be enough to make you eligible you for SSDI or SSI. The Social Security Administration uses a sequence of steps in determining whether a particular medical condition or a particular set of limitations make the applicant eligible. Many factors play a role in determining eligibility including medical conditions, age, education, prior work experience, and the ability to perform work related tasks such as standing, sitting, and lifting. There are also criteria that are not directly related to your disability such as citizenship status.
If you have applied for benefits and have not yet been denied, submit a copy of your doctor's report to your local Social Security Administration office. Your doctor's opinion will carry considerably more weight if it is supported by copies of lab reports or medical test results that support the opinion.
If you have been denied benefits you should consult with a lawyer who practices Social Security Disability Law.