Working with an experienced disability attorney ensures that you have the best chance of successfully filing a disability application, whether for SSDI or SSI. But you don’t need an attorney to tell you that medical records are crucial in proving to the SSA (Social Security Administration) that you are disabled and qualify for benefits. I am often surprised by the fact that many prospective clients have few or no medical records. I am also saddened because it’s usually because of a lack of income or health insurance. If you do have limited funds or no health insurance, you should investigate whether you qualify for Medicaid, or other assistance for low cost medical care.
Medical evidence is the foundation of any determination for SSI and SSDI disability benefits. Each applicant for disability benefits is responsible for providing medical evidence showing some “medically determinable impairment” and the severity thereof. With the applicant’s permission, the SSA will help obtain medical records from just about any treating medical source.
Individuals upon making their initial application for benefits are required to inform the SSA (Social Security Administration) of all of their pertinent doctor or hospital visits for which medical records will be available. Applicants must also list all medications that they are currently taking as well as all tests that they have undergone such as X-Rays, CT Scans, and MRIs. In preparation for these requirements, prospective applicants for disability benefits should keep a record of all doctor and hospital visits, listing the type of tests undertaken and diagnoses received.
There is even a fairly new regulation that requires the disclosure of known adverse evidence. For example, if you have an injury lawsuit, the defense may have you evaluated by their own doctor. These reports frequently are helpful to the defense, which means they are not so helpful to you. Under new regulations, you and your attorney have to disclose the existence of that proof.
As an attorney, I cannot stress enough how important medical records are in determining whether a claimant will receive Social Security Disability benefits. One of the best ways to improve your chances of meeting all of the requirements for the allowance of claims (and avoiding the frequent denial of benefits_ is by retaining the services of a qualified lawyer, presumably once skilled in Social Security Disability claims. Contact Sullivan Law Office today. We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.