June 4, 2009

Obtaining Social Security Disabiltiy Benefits with Good Medical Records

Most people are not familiar with the Social Security disability claims process.  When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the success of your claim often depends on providing good supporting medical records.  It is important to know what medical documentation that the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs.  Without an attorney, it is the SSA’s responsibility to secure your medical records.  An attorney has experience in knowing how to request this information from doctors and other medical professionals.  Indiana Social Security Disability Attorney Scott D. Lewis sees a variety of medical records every day and knows how important good supporting medical documentation can be in getting your Social Security benefits approved. 

Here are a few key things to keep in mind when seeing your doctor and accumulating medical records:

  • An abundance of pertinent records relating to your disability will usually help the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in finding a favorable result in your case. Try to make it easy on the Social Security Administration (SSA) by seeing your doctor(s) on a regular basis and providing the SSA with good medical records.
  • Adequate progress notes can help in obtaining a favorable decision.  If your physician can document your disabilities on a consistent basis showing the disabilities you are having, it can greatly enhance your case.
  • Tests verifying your disabilities can have an impact on a favorable outcome.  MRI’s, EKG’s, and various other objective tests showing the severity of your disability are things the SSA and your attorney can use to substantiate your case.
  • A clear diagnosis or assessment of your disability is critical in getting your benefits.  The Listing of Impairments defines disabilities that the Social Security Administration recognizes.  If you have a distinct diagnosis by your physician that meets or equals one of these listings your ability to obtain Social Security Benefits is greatly enhanced.

Attorney Scott Lewis believes you should always attempt to have a good relationship with your medical provider, and hopefully he/she will do the things necessary to help you have a strong Social Security Claim.  Attorney Scott Lewis has experience in obtaining medical records from your doctors to help support your case. Often times, he is able to request all medical documents related to:stethoscope.JPG

  • Medical diagnoses 
  • Mental health evaluations 
  • Physical examinations, hospital & emergency room records 
  • Lists of prescribed medications
  • Laboratory tests

Attorney Scott Lewis and his staff strive to work with you and your doctor(s) to comply with all privacy requirements when obtaining your medical records.  For more information about obtaining the appropriate medical records for your case, contact Scott Lewis at (317) 423-8888 for a free consultation. 

Filed under:Claims ProcessSocial Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
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