At the core of most social security disability claims are medical records and evidence. This paperwork is the proof used to confirm you are injured and evaluate the extent of your injury — and, therefore, how much benefits you qualify for.
Medical evidence in social security disability claims can take many forms:
- Notes and analysis from a qualified doctor, including treatment and examination notes
- Bloodwork test results
- Imaging tests (for example, x-rays, MRIs or CAT scans) and their analysis by qualified technicians or medical practitioners
- Mental health records
- Patient records
- Records from emergency room treatment
- Records from physiotherapy, rehabilitation and other long-term medical service providers
Every case requires different records and medical evidence, but it is important any medical proof submitted has the following three components:
- It is timely. Medical records need to be up-to-date, and any evidence submitted must reflect your current level of ability and state. While older records can show how your injury has developed, in most cases, any medical evidence you submit should be no older than six months. Preferably, the records will be more recent than that — especially if your condition has changed at all over that period.
- It is adequate. You need to provide enough evidence of injury with records and tests, but you need to provide proof to show specifics. A diagnosis of soft tissue injury, for example, is not enough without imaging and other tests showing how the injury affects mobility and your ability to work.
- It is accurate. Tests and evidence must be provided by an accepted medical practitioner recognized as qualified to make a specific diagnosis. For example, if you have cancer, you will need to provide specific tests and likely notes and evidence from an oncologist.
If you are having trouble securing medical evidence for your social security disability claim, or if your claim has been rejected, contact KBG Injury Law for a consultation. Our attorneys focus on SSI and disability claims and understand the level of evidence needed in these cases.