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Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence, Records, and Limitations

  1. Medical Evidence Used on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim
    It’s important to note here that, in the eyes of the SSA, not every medical treatment source is “acceptable.”

  2. Does Social Security Disability prefer Current Medical Records for SSDI and SSI claims?
    There are a couple of reasons older non-current medical records are potentially valuable to an individual’s disability claim.

  3. Medical Disability - How does Social Security view your work and medical records
    If you do not have any current medical treatment sources, you most likely will be sent to a consultative examination by a physician (paid for by Social Security).

  4. The Medical Records That Are Best For A Social Security Disability Claim
    Social Security prefers that disability claims be supported by medical records from the applicant’s treating physician. In general, the treating physician is in a better position to document the onset date of the impairment, how it can be expected to progress over time (prognosis), as well as any physical or mental limitations it places on the patient’s ability to work.

  5. What happens if the Social Security disability examiner cannot find all the needed medical records?
    If the only evidence available to a disability examiner is the report of findings from a CE that has been scheduled by a disability examiner, then the outlook is very poor for the disability claim being approved.

  6. If You File For Social Security Disability How Far Back Will They Look At Your Medical Records?
    Social Security may have to look at medical records that are many years in the past depending upon when an individual became unable to perform substantial gainful activity due to their disabling impairment or impairments.

  7. How long does it take for an examiner to review a disability case?
    Once the claimant's medical records and other evidence have been received, the case write-up can be completed within a handful of hours. Unfortunately, receiving just the medical records can often take weeks, and months is not unheard of.

  8. How are medical records and work history used to determine a social security disability claim?
    Using the information provided by the claimant at the time they filed their application, the examiner will start sending out letters to the various doctors and hospitals who have provided treatment to the claimant.

  9. Social Security Denied Me For SSD But Didn’t Have All My Medical Records, What Do I Do?
    Social Security disability examiners do not necessarily have to have all of an individual’s medical records to make a medical decision on a claim.

  10. How Can You Get Medical Records For A Disability Case If You Have No Insurance?
    The lack of medical records is a very common problem for individuals who have not been working or have been unable to pay for health insurance.

  11. Can you be denied for SSDI or SSI disability if social security cannot find your medical records?
    It is very infrequent that SSA (meaning the disability examiner) cannot locate all of a claimant's medical records. At the same, it is not extremely uncommon for at least one of the claimant's treatment sources to be unlocateable.

  12. For Social Security Disability Do I Need To Give My Dates of Treatment?
    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.

  13. Social Security Disability and Medication
    If you are not taking medicine to treat your symptoms and are filing for disability based on a medical condition that could be improved by medication, a disability examiner may question if you are truly disabled, or if it’s possible that you could work if you took prescribed medication.

  14. Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits IF You Have A Mental Condition But Do Not Take Medication?
    How medication non-compliance might affect the overall chances of being approved for SSI or SSD varies from disability agency to disability agency, and even from unit to unit within those agencies (each state has at least one DDS agency that processes disability claims for the social security administration: DDS stands for disability determination services).

  15. Social Security Disability, SSI Claim Decisions For Physical Problems and Medical Exams
    Contrary to what many people believe, “Social Security” doctors do not perform consultative examinations. The doctors that perform consultative examinations are usually doctors who practice in a locality who are willing to perform consultative examinations for Social Security for an agreed upon fee per examination.

  16. Can you present evidence at a social security disability or SSI hearing?
    Yes, you can present evidence in the form of medical records or a statement from a physician at a disability hearing. However, this is not just an option, it is a necessity.

  17. Will a Disability attorney try to Help You get Your Medical Records for your SSD or SSI claim?
    There are some representatives, attorneys, and law firms who will assume the cost of obtaining medical records and agree to wait to be reimbursed until after the hearing.

  18. What are Medical Experts at Social Security disability hearings?
    Why are experts called to disability hearings? Arguably to assist the judge in his or her decision-making.

  19. Can you win your Disability Case by Yourself?
    At a disability hearing, a claimant would, without question, handicap their case by going it alone.

  • What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

  • What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

  • Which conditions will social security recognize as a disability?

  • Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    The SSDRC Disability Blog

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Getting disability in North Carolina

    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