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How to gather medical information for SSDI claim

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Social Security Disability, Social Security Disability Benefits For Mental Conditions |

When applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), providing accurate and comprehensive medical information is crucial. The Social Security Administration (SSA) relies on this information to evaluate your disability claim. The SSA uses medical evidence to determine whether you meet their criteria for disability. Without sufficient medical documentation, your claim will likely be denied.

Vital information to include

When gathering medical information, focus on the following:

  1. Medical records: Obtain copies of your medical records from all relevant healthcare providers. These records should include diagnoses, treatment plans, medications and test results.
  2. Doctor’s notes: Collect notes from your treating physicians. These notes summarize your visits, symptoms and any limitations caused by your condition.
  3. Diagnostic reports: Include X-rays, MRIs, blood tests and other diagnostic reports. These provide objective evidence of your impairment.
  4. Functional Limitations: Describe how your disability affects your daily life. Include details about mobility, pain and limitations in walking, standing, or lifting activities.

Why medical information is important

The SSA uses medical evidence to determine whether you meet their criteria for disability. Medical records help prove that your condition meets the SSA’s definition of disability and provide evidence of the severity and impact of your impairment. Such medical records as diagnostic tests, treatment history and professional opinions from healthcare providers offer objective evidence of your condition. Consistent medical documentation can also strengthen your case. An example of this is regular visits to healthcare providers that demonstrate ongoing treatment and the persistence of your disability.

Providing the information in your application

Having a well-organized application is critical. Here are some tips for organizing your medical information.

  1. Complete the SSA forms: Fill out the necessary forms accurately and provide details about your medical conditions, treatments and healthcare providers.
  2. Attach supporting documents: Include copies of your medical records, doctor’s notes and diagnostic reports. Organize them chronologically.
  3. Explain your limitations: The application should describe how your disability affects your ability to work. Be specific about functional limitations.

Feeling overwhelmed?

Navigating the SSDI process can be complex. Consider seeking help from an attorney who specializes in SSDI claims and appeals. They can guide you through the application process, ensure you submit the proper documents and represent you if you need to appeal a denied claim.