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How much information should you put on a disability application?

Someone who was considering immediately filing for disability benefits once asked me this question and the actual point of the question detailed should you be when it comes to supplying information about medical treatment on a disability application. My answer was "give them (meaning social security) complete and accurate information, as much as you can possibly recall".

Here's the thing. After a disability claim is taken at a social security office, it is transferred and assigned to a disability examiner. What does this examiner do? Mainly four things. One: request a claimant's medical records; Two: wait for the requested medical records to arrive; Three: read and evaluate the medical records after they arrive; Four: render a decision on the claim.

If you'll notice, all four of these steps involve "medical records". In truth, whether or not a disability claim will be approved comes down to what is in a claimant's medical records (it's important to keep in mind that "records" also includes statements from doctors). And, if a disability examiner does not have access to certain records this can potentially result in one of two disastrous outcomes.

1. Even if the disability application (or appeal) is approved, the backpay may be less than what it might have been. What doe I mean by this? Older records can establish an earlier medical onset---the earlier the onset, the greater that the potential backpay amount may be. Therefore, having, or not having, all the records can make a difference.

2. Without access to all of a claimant's records, a disability claim (Social Security Disability or ssi) may be denied.

Unfortunately, on a great many disability applications, claimants either do not supply complete information regarding their medical treatment sources, or supply incorrect information.

So, how does a claimant attempt to avoid this pitfall? Here's a suggestion. Prior to being interviewed for a disability application, review your own medical history and try to come up with a complete list of the facilities where you've been seen, the doctors who have seen you, your dates of treatment, and the addresses and phone numbers for each doctor and clinic. Doing this can only improve your chances of winning Social Security Disability or ssi disability benefits.

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For the sake of clarity, is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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