Medical evidence is important, but you need to consider the source. 

You absolutely cannot prove your disability to the SSA without the right medical evidence. However, the SSA doesn’t accept medical evidence from just anyone. You need to make sure that you get your medical evidence from a source that is accepted by the SSA. That’s why our Social Security attorney in Louisville has come up with the following list of acceptable medical sources for your Social Security disability application:

#1. Physicians

Any medical or osteopathic doctor who has a license is considered to be an accepted source by the SSA.

#2. Psychologists

As long as the psychologist is certified or licensed, he or she is an accepted source by he SSA. In schools, any certified or licensed individuals who serve the same purpose as school psychologists are also accepted.

#3. Optometrists

If you are establishing a visual disorder, a licensed optometrist is an accepted source by the SSA.

#4. Podiatrists

If you are establishing an impairment of/or relating to the foot and ankle, or just the foot, a licensed podiatrist is an accepted source by the SSA.

#5. Speech-Language Pathologists

If you are establishing a language or speech impairment, a qualified speech-language pathologist is an accepted source by the SSA. In order to be “qualified”, this pathologist must hold a license from the State professional licensing agency, must have a certification by the State education agency or must hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Do you have any questions or concerns about which sources are accepted  by the SSA? If so, please contact us today.