The definition of disability utilized by Social Security includes the inability to be employed in a job that exists in the national economy. As smart as your doctor may be, he is not a vocational expert. He doesn’t know what jobs exist for you, given your limitations. He can only guess. We solicit from treating physicians very often opinions as to whether or not the patient meets a listing. A listing is a disorder that is accepted by Social Security as being disabling. In terms of rendering an opinion as to disability, a doctor can’t do that. A vocational expert is required to express that opinion. Obviously, a strong opinion from the doctor is going to be considered by the court, but it will not be determinative.
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