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Medical Source Statement for Social Security Disability or SSI




 
Medical source statements can be helpful to an individualís disability claim if they contain the evidence SSA needs. Medical source statements should include:

1. Diagnosis
2. Clinical results (i.e. mental or physical exam results)
3. Prescribed treatment with a prognosis and response to treatment statement
4. Lab findings (i.e. blood work, blood pressure, MRI testing, x-rays, etc.)

Lastly, it is invaluable to your disability claim for your physician to provide a statement that gives an opinion as to what you can still do in spite of your disabling condition or conditions. The statement must be based on the above mentioned factors and should include a description of your ability to perform work related activity, such as, walking, standing, sitting, carrying, hearing, seeing, speaking, lifting, carrying or handling objects, and traveling.

If you have a mental impairment your psychiatrist or mental health professional should include a statement as to your ability to understand instructions, remember and carry out those instructions, and your ability to appropriately respond to coworkers, supervisors, and work pressures in a work setting.

If you are filing for disability for a child, the physician should include a description of your childís functional limitations with regard to motor function, learning, communication, socializing, completing tasks, and self-care activities. If you child is an infant age birth to age 1, the statement should describe their response to stimuli.

Also see: How does a Medical Source Statement (RFC Form) help win a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?

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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