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What Does Social Security Disability Need From Me to Make A Medical Determination?

Social Security requires a list of your medical sources (i.e. hospital records, treating physician records, mental health records, etc.) and your work history (which includes all of types of work that you have performed three months or longer in the last fifteen years).

So how do you provide all of this information to Social Security? When you file your disability application with Social Security, a Social Security claims representative will ask questions about your medical treatment sources and your work history.


1. How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security Disability?
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What are acceptable medical sources for the purpose of a Social Security Disability application? Acceptable medical treatment sources generally include licensed medical professionals including physicians, psychologists, optometrists, osteopaths, ophthalmologists, or other licensed medical professionals.

Social Security does not consider chiropractors an acceptable medical source, however Social Security will consider any objective medical information contained in chiropractic medical treatment notes. For example, if your chiropractic treatment notes contain x rays of your knees or spine, the disability examiner may use these to help make the medical disability determination.

You may even be pondering why your work history is so important to the Social Security Disability process? To explain the importance of work activity to the Social Security Disability process, you first need to know the definition of Social Security Disability.

Social Security law states that disability is the inability to perform any substantial work activity (each year Social Security sets a monthly earnings limit known as the SGA amount) due to a medically determinable condition, either mental or physical, that may possibly end in death, and that has lasted for the past twelve months or is expected to last twelve months.

As you can see, work history is second only to medical source information when making a Social Security Disability medical determination. Social Security must first evaluate whether you can perform any of your past work, if you cannot perform past work then they must consider if you are capable of performing any other work given the limitations that your condition or conditions impose upon you. Social Security needs information about your medical and/or mental conditions, as well as information about your work activity over the past fifteen years to make a medical determination.

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com 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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