Medical records for SSD or SSI disability application
Medical records are a critical part of every Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI) disability determination. Social Security Disability examiners like to have at least a 12 month longitudinal medical history for their disability determinations, however they do not have to have it for their decision.
Social Security requires disability examiners to have current medical records for a disability claim no older than 90 days when making their decision. If you do not have any medical evidence or your have medical evidence but have nothing current, the disability examiner may schedule a consultative examination(s) for the current status of your disabling condition or conditions. These are, for the most part, short cursory examinations performed by medical professionals who are paid by Social Security to provide the bare minimum of medical evidence to make a disability determination.
There should be no doubt in your mind that it is an advantage to have your own medical evidence from doctors who are familiar with your disabling conditions and how they affect your functional ability. Your disability claim may even be helped by sporadic visits to a doctor or your local hospital. You may still be sent for a consultative examination but your will have medical evidence from other sources in your disability file as well.
If you are disabled and unable to work, it is understandable that you do not have the money for medical treatment. This is a conundrum for people trying to be approved for disability.
1. How far back will Social Security look at medical records?
2. Winning disability with the right medical evidence
3. What evidence will help your disability case?
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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