Gathering Medical Evidence for Social Security Disability Cases
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires a tremendous amount of medical documentation in order to process your claim. They'll ask you for a list of the treatments you've received, and then the disability determination specialist handling your case will write all of the treatment sources requesting copies of your medical records. If possible, obtain copies of your medical records first and then submit them with your application. It's not advisable to rely on disability determination specialists to obtain all of your medical records on your behalf because they are not always successful in acquiring all of the necessary records. Medical clinics, doctor's offices, and hospitals often receive hundreds of medical record requests each month, which inevitably leads to delays. If the requested records aren't received, the SSA sends a follow-up letter approximately three weeks after the original request was sent. Some disability determination specialists may call the medical office, requesting them to send the records, but the SSA isn't required to make any additional effort to obtain the records beyond sending a written request. Therefore, it isn't uncommon for disability determination specialists to receive medical records several months later. The SSA pressures disability determination specialists to make decisions regarding each case as quickly as possible, so it isn't uncommon for them to make decisions regarding claims, even when all of the medical evidence hasn't been obtained. The long processing times associated with Social Security disability cases are also exacerbated by the long wait times for medical records. By gathering all of your medical records by yourself and submitting them when you file your disability application or appeal, you can ensure that all of your medical records will be evaluated and that your claim won't take months longer to process than necessary. Disability determination specialists are evaluated on how fast they are able to process their cases, so they are more likely to work on a case immediately if it comes with all of the required medical documentation attached. Gathering all of your medical records or having your Atlanta Social Security disability attorney do it on your behalf is vital because your medical records describe when you became disabled, what prescription medications you take, and how effective those medications have been in treating your condition. Your medical records are critical to proving that you are disabled and that your disability is severe enough to require disability benefits. Making a little extra effort to ensure that all of your medical records are in your file can mean the difference between an approval and a denial. Need Help Gathering Medical Records for Your Atlanta Social Security Disability Case? Gathering the medical records required to document your disability can be a huge headache. Hire Atlanta Social Security disability attorney Louis B. Lusk to help you track down and submit the necessary medical documentation to ensure that your case is processed as quickly as possible. Please call 800.883.7043 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free consultation.