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The role of medical evidence in the SSD application process

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2023 | Social Security Disability

Getting Social Security Disability benefits is challenging. The process relies heavily on showing how a medical condition affects your ability to work.

Having detailed and accurate medical evidence is important for a successful application.

Medical evidence shows that you qualify

In 2022, the Social Security Administration received 1,804,384 applications for SSD but only approved 543,455. Therefore, you need to prove how serious your medical condition is and how it keeps you from working. Provide clear and detailed information about your medical condition. Include your diagnosis, treatment, and how long your doctor expects your impairment to last.

Test results and reports matter

Solid, objective medical evidence includes test results, clinical evaluations and reports from medical exams. These are real, concrete pieces of information that prove your condition is real and serious. For example, X-rays or blood test results can be powerful evidence for your case.

Orderly medical records

Consistency in your medical records is important. Any gaps or differences in your medical history might make it harder to gain approval for benefits. You need regular medical check-ups, and your provider should keep accurate records of your condition. Having a well-documented medical history that reflects what you say about your disability strengthens your case.

Your doctor’s opinion matters

Have your doctor write a detailed statement about your condition. Include how your condition limits what you can do, especially regarding working. Hearing this from a healthcare professional can add a lot of weight to your application.

For the best SSD application results, gather and analyze your medical records, including evidence that you followed your treatment plan.