Providing Medical Records and Getting Awarded SSDI, SSI Disability Benefits
Proving disability with the proper medical and health records
When filing for disabilities benefits, it is always beneficial if you have received regular medical treatment by a physician. Most physicians keep many records about your condition, and these records are very beneficial as evidence in a disability benefit case. So, you are more likely to be awarded benefits if you submit these records when filing for disability benefits. Also, if you receive updated medical records while you case is being processed you should submit these as well to the social security office immediately in order to increase your likelihood of receiving benefits. In addition, it is greatly helpful if you can get your doctor to complete a RFC form which enables your doctor to describe why your specific condition is disabling as well as to explain any specific limitations you have acquired because of the condition. These pieces of information are necessary to discern in approving or denying a claim for disabilities so having your limitations spelled out by a qualified physician increases your chances of being awarded disability benefits. An experienced Social Security Home Attorney or advocate, can give you valuable advice on all aspects of your case. Your lawyer can advise you if you should strengthen your case by referring you to additional doctors. Use the "free case evaluation" link and an attorney or advocate near you will contact you to discuss your case.
Keep in mind that when applying for any disability you need to make sure the medical information you provide comes from an acceptable source. If a physician is treating you, that he or she must be a licensed M.D. (Doctor of Medicine). If you are seeing an eye doctor or a psychologist make sure they have the proper credentials for being an acceptable resource, otherwise the information they provide to your case is useless. This also means you will have to see another physician and/or specialist which is bound to mean more time and money out of your pocket.
If you are already seeing someone about your condition take time now to inquire about his or her credentials. They know about you intimately, you pay them, so you can ask questions about their qualifications to treat you. If you have not made your first appointment remember to check into his or her (physician, other) qualifications before you make your first appointment. If they are not licensed in the state in which they practice, they will not be considered a reliable resource when it comes to proving you are disabled. They must hold the proper degrees, because alternative sources (non-medical, not licensed) will not qualify as an acceptable source.