Overview of Disability
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Disability Advice Tips
How long do cases take?
How to win Disability
SSD Mistakes to avoid
Disability for Mental
What if you get denied?
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Disability through SSA
SSI Disability Benefits
Disability for Children
How do I qualify for it?
Working and Disability
Disability Award Notice
Disability Lawyer Q&A
Disability Conditions List
What is a disability?
Your Medical Evidence
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For Social Security Disability Remember to Give Accurate Dates of Treatment
For all Social Security Disability Determinations, the Social Security administration must have medical treatment information, or they must obtain some kind of current medical information to make their disability determination.
If you want your disability claim to have the best chance of winning an approval for disability benefits, you need to provide information about all of your medical treatment sources including their names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of treatment. The more relevant medical information that disability examiners get from physicians who have actually treated you, the better the chance of your being approved for disability.
If an individual does not have any medical treatment or their treatment was in the past, it is likely they will have to attend a consultative examination, or consultative examinations, with a physician paid by Social Security.
Often these examinations are short evaluations that do not necessarily address an individualís medical impairments with any kind of thoroughness. They are simply done to give Social Security disability examiners enough medical information to make a medical disability decision. They are not meant to provide any kind of treatment or advice for the disability applicant.
So it in your best interest to provide Social Security with your medical treatment sources and your best guess as to the dates your were treated by the medical source. Social Security needs this information so they can try to locate your medical records. Without medical records, your disability claim may be decided on a short cursory examination that says very little about how disabling your disabling condition or conditions are.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Filing for Disability- what to bring to a disability interview when you apply
What types of information is Social Security Disability looking for?
Get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award
How do you get an SSI disability application and Claim started?
Why does Social Security or DDS disregard my doctor's statement supporting my case?
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria