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Gathering and Organizing Social Security Disability Medical Evidence

Before you get started on your application, you should know that the SSD application has many parts to it and is also a lengthy and extensive process. There will be many parties that will be evaluating your application. Various types of evidence can and will be evaluated to help determine your claim to receive disability benefits. If you want to lower your waiting time on the reviewing status, you should gather all of your medical records and any other documents that can support your disability for your claim.

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Though it doesn’t seem ideal to do all of this research and gathering of documents on your own because the application process is already a headache, you will be speeding up your reviewing process tremendously. When your case is being evaluated, Social Security will review old and new medical records. The old records will explain when you became disabled as well as the medications you have been prescribed and how effective they have been. The new records will obviously show that you are still disabled and it is severe enough to apply for SSDI or SSI benefits.

What evidence should I gather for my disability claim?

When you are ready to file for your disability claim, you should start organizing all medical records and any other documents that you would like to send in with your application. You should make sure all of the documents can prove that you are disabled.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be honest and explain how your disability is enabling you from working and achieving daily activities. In the statement, you should mention the date of when you became disabled. This is generally the date that SSA will figure out your benefit even if you filed your application out at a later day.

Medical Records

You should also supply Social Security with a medical history. This will include details about your disability, any medical treatments you’ve received, and documents to assist the extent of your injuries.

The medical documents should prove:

● That your impairment exists;

● The intensity and stability of your disability;

● Progress establishments and info on any changes; and

● Proof that is related to your symptoms

○ prescriptions and their side effects

○ details on the severity of the disability

○ Details on daily activities, and anything else that may be relevant to determining the severity

Activities of Daily Living

You will also be asked you to fill out a questionnaire so they can get a better understanding of how your disability impacts your activities of daily living (ADLs). These activities can involve:

● Work around the house;

● Personal and hygiene activities;

● Capability of driving;

● Running errands or execute basic activities; and

● Sit and/or stand for long periods of time.

The Value of Medical Records in a Social Security Case

Unfortunately, you cannot be found disable under Social Security Administration — SSA — regulations unless it can be medically proven. This is why medical records are critical to social security benefit cases. This means you’ll need to be able to provide evidence, whether that be test or even notes that have been taken by your doctor during your treatment. The medical source must be reliable and the source needs to prove your condition is and will continue to prevent you from being able to physically work.

value of medical records

In proving that you are disabled, medical records are very helpful. This is because they will withhold your diagnosis and any findings that your medical provider has come across while treating you. It is likely that Social Security will find your medical records significant to your case if your doctor is a specialist in the disability you’re being treated for.

Most important records

The most valuable records you can submit are X-rays, MRIs, nerve conduction studies, pulmonary function tests, and other tests that can give hard data showing the severity of specific conditions. If you have appropriate results from your tests, you might even be able to get disability without having to discuss your situation with anyone. Make sure that your condition is listed in the Social Security regulations so you are not going through any issues.

How to obtain medical records

During the beginning stages of filling out the Social Security disability benefits application, you are requested to provide any medical records that pertain to your case. Social Security will take care of the fee it costs to request this information. If you proceed to the level of a hearing, our attorney or representative is responsible for ensuring that all of your records have been submitted.

Social Security reviews the medical evidence so they can determine the severity of the mental and/or physical impairment that is limiting your daily activity to perform work related tasks. Another major factor Social Security will consider is whether the applicant is cooperative with their medical treatment. This means showing up for scheduled appointments, taking medications as prescribed, as well as following your doctor’s’ directions. These elements convey exactly why medical evidence is beyond important in Social Security determining whether the applicant is disabled or not.

Medical Records for Worker’s Compensation Claims

If you are preparing a worker’s compensation claim, then you know that documentation is key. Because the entire claim is based on being able to prove exactly what happened, when, where and who is ultimately to blame, it’s vital to be able to have at your disposal all of the information necessary to make a strong and comprehensive case. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why there is nothing more important in a workers compensation claim than the medical documentation. Gathering and compiling a thorough medical history is your key to presenting a strong, winnable case.

medical records for workers compensation

Why are medical records so important?

As said earlier, a workers compensation claim is all about being able to build a timeline that shows what happened and who was at fault. In order to do that, you’re going to have to establish some basic facts along the way; these facts are available to you in the form of medical documentation. These records will help show the injuries sustained, how they happened, and what steps were taken during and after the initial treatment.

Medical records are also important because they can help to establish a cause and effect scenario. In some instances, an employer might try to argue that an employee was already injured or disabled before a certain event happened. This is easy to prove or disprove with the existence of the relevant records. When you have records in your hand that show your client as healthy or uninjured beforehand, it shuts down the opposing case pretty quickly.

How do you get the necessary medical records?

There are two ways to answer this question. One: you can have your firm do it yourself. Of course, this is a time-consuming activity. It’s going to either take up a lot of your time, or it’s going to take up a lot of your assistant’s time. Either way, that time you’re using to compile these records is not being spent on your client and the other things you need for this case. In addition, all of your other clients are also being neglected because of the amount of time needed to compile a thorough medical history.

Or, you could go with option two: hire the services of professional medical records compilers. With expertise and experience, we know the best and most efficient way to find the necessary documents to help build your case. With the time you save, you can focus on the other aspects of the case, knowing that the medical documentation will be excellent and second-to-none.

If you would rather have a team of experts at your disposal then try and do this yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our experienced team can help provide you with the records you need to build the strongest workers compensation claim possible.

Comprehensive Medical Summaries for Worker’s Compensation Claims

If you are trying a worker’s compensation claim, then you know that the timing is everything. Often, the entire case rests on one or two important factors in the timeline of events, and a case can be won or lost based on how well those specific moments in time are documented. If that alone isn’t enough to show you how important a medical summary is when it comes to trying cases, then there’s not much else that can convince you.

Workers Compensation

Professional Medical Summary Services

Even though medical summaries are already recognized as crucial to a case, many people still feel like it’s something they are able to do on their own. This might be because they think it’s easier, or cheaper, to try and do this without involving anyone else. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. Just like providing legal representation to a worker’s compensation claim isn’t something that just anyone can do, compiling medical documentation is a task that is best left to the professionals.

Why is this the case? Because medical summaries are, to some extent, like puzzles. It’s more than just tracking down documents — it’s piecing together a comprehensive, systematic, thorough timeline of all the various parts of a story. Often, the various players in the story aren’t aware of each other or the specific roles that they played, so rather than relying solely on individuals you have to go wherever the evidence might take you. When finished, you have a complete and thorough record that not only documents injuries, but also attempts to draw conclusions as to why certain things did or didn’t happen, and who ultimately is to blame.

These are not things that come easy. This is why it’s important to trust your medical documentation to experienced, trained professionals who are able to wade through what might look like confusing and often-times contradictory information in order to get to the truth of your worker’s compensation claim, or any sort of claim for that matter.

If you are attempting to compile a medical summary, and you’re realizing that you could use some help, please don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at LM Summary Services.