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Gathering medical proof ahead of an SSDI claim

On Behalf of | May 25, 2024 | Social Security Disability

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance can be a complex and timely process. A key aspect of any successful SSDI claim is providing thorough medical evidence. This evidence must demonstrate that the applicant’s condition meets the Social Security Administration’s criteria for disability.

Preparing this evidence carefully can increase the chances of approval.

Recognizing the importance of medical records

Medical records form the foundation of any SSDI claim. These documents provide detailed information about the applicant’s diagnosis, treatment history and the severity of the condition. Comprehensive medical records should include doctor’s notes, hospital records, lab results and imaging reports. Consistent and regular documentation of the condition over time helps to paint a clear picture of the disability’s impact on the applicant’s ability to work.

Obtaining specialist opinions

Specialist opinions can add weight to an SSDI claim. A report from a specialist can provide detailed insights into the nature and severity of the condition. Specialists can offer a more nuanced perspective than general practitioners, as they have in-depth knowledge of specific medical issues. Their evaluations should cover the extent of the disability and the prognosis. They should also address how the condition limits the applicant’s daily activities and work capabilities.

Undergoing functional capacity evaluations

Functional capacity evaluations are another key component of medical proof. These assessments measure the applicant’s physical and mental abilities to perform work-related tasks. An FCE can include tests for lifting, carrying, sitting, standing and functioning cognitively. By illustrating the practical limitations caused by the disability, an FCE provides concrete evidence of how the condition affects the applicant’s ability to work.

Keeping a symptom diary

A symptom diary can offer valuable support to an SSDI claim. This diary should detail the daily symptoms experienced, their intensity and their effects on daily life. A consistent record can highlight patterns and provide context for the medical records and evaluations. The diary should note any fluctuations in symptoms, triggers and the effectiveness of treatments.

Providing a strong SSDI claim requires careful and detailed preparation. The more time and care an applicant takes when compiling medical evidence, the better his or her chances of approval.