Why Medical Records are Important for Those Filing for SSDI

Why Medical Records are Important for Those Filing for SSDI

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If you’ve experienced a physical or mental disability that prevents you from being able to work or is expected to prevent you from being able to work for at least 12 months, then you’ll want to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSDI payments will help to replace the income you are losing as a result of your disabling condition.

However, the application process can take a while and many initial applications are rejected, requiring applicants to go through the appeal process. To ensure your best chances at qualifying the first time around – or even during the appeals process – it’s important that you gather all the necessary medical records when filing for SSDI.

The Importance of Medical Records When Filing for SSDI

In order to qualify for SSDI payments, you’ll have to prove two things – that you have a condition that is listed in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book or that the symptoms of your condition are similar to those of the symptoms listed in the Blue Book and that the symptoms that you are experiencing have or are expected to prevent you from being able to work for at least a year.

In order to prove all of this, you’ll need detailed medical records that date all the way back to the injury or illness that resulted in your disability. The Social Security Administration will want to see documentation by your primary physician in particular as their opinion and official diagnosis will be heavily factored in determining whether you qualify.

The Types of Medical Records You’ll Need

In cases where you have already missed substantial time from work as a result of your disability, the Social Security Administration will also need to see medical records that prove when you became disabled. This means that if you went to the hospital due to a serious injury that resulted in your disability, they will need to see your hospital records.

There are several types of medical documents that will help you establish that you not only have a mental or physical disability but that it is rendering you unable to work.

  1. First of all, you’ll need an official diagnosis from your doctor. One thing that can trip up an applicant is if the doctor has made a professional guess to the problem you’re experiencing but hasn’t officially diagnosed it. Not only does the doctor need to put in writing that you have a specific condition, but they may need to perform a variety of tests in order to prove that you have that condition. Without these documents, there could be some doubt as to the nature of your condition.
  2. You will also need documentation describing your symptoms and records of any efforts you have made to relieve those symptoms. The doctor may have recorded your symptoms, but if there’s no record of additional doctor visits or hospital visits or additional records of treatment, then there’s no proof that you attempted to treat your condition. The Social Security Administration could view this as meaning that your condition may be treatable to the point where you could return to work.
  3. Last but not least, you’ll need proof that your condition is preventing you from being able to work. Your doctor can provide a professional written opinion stating that you will be unable to work due to the extent of your disability for at least a year. If you’ve already missed significant time, your employer could provide a written account as well.

Because of all the medical records that are required, you may want to request copies from the hospital as well as your doctor so that you make sure that you have what you need. If you don’t, you can request the information you need to strengthen your case.

Detailed medical documents are needed when filing for SSDI to prove your disability and to prove that it’s affecting your ability to work. For professional assistance, be sure to schedule a free consultation at Social Security Disability Advocates USA by calling us at (602) 952-3200 today.

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