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 individual's 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 is 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.
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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