Are Older Medical Records Useful for a Disability Claim? You bet

I made a post to the facebook page for SSDRC.com which discussed the value of having social security view your older medical records. Someone made the following comment--

"Gee thats funny they told me I couldent use older records".

The tone of the comment, combined with the fact that person was unable to spell the word "couldn't" told me all I needed to know. Just the same, I responded with the following:

Recent records (not older than 90 days) establish that a person meets the definition of disability...as of now. However, to establish "onset", i.e. when you became disabled, you need older records.

To get the most favorable onset date and to get the most in back pay, the older the better. Also, the farther back you establish onset, the more likely it is that you can dispose of the 5 month waiting period for Social Security Disability benefits and also dispose of the 24 month waiting period for medicare benefits which come with SSD, but not with SSI--with SSI you get medicaid.

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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