Medical Records and Being Prepared For Your Social Security Disability Hearing

In my practice as an Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney, effective communication is vital to provide the best possible representation for my clients. My office takes pride in being responsive to our clients’ calls, emails, and letters.

Client Responsiveness

However, I am often surprised by clients who do not fulfill their end of the agreement. My office sends various forms to collect essential information for building a strong case, and when clients don’t return these forms promptly, it can hinder our preparations for their hearings.

The Significance of Complete Medical Records

One of the most critical aspects of preparing for a hearing is submitting comprehensive medical records that demonstrate the nature and extent of disabilities. We work diligently to request, follow up, and submit medical records, but this can only happen if you inform us about your treatment providers.

Without this information early on, obtaining all the necessary records before the hearing may become challenging.

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The Impact of Incomplete Records

Not having complete medical records available at your hearing can put you at a distinct disadvantage. Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) review your file before the hearing to assess the consistency of your treatment, hospitalizations, surgeries, and the objective evidence supporting your inability to work.

The ALJ’s decision might already be influenced by the information in your medical records before the hearing begins.

The Role of Medical Experts

In some cases, ALJs call medical experts to testify. These experts rely on your medical records to form their opinions about your impairments and how they affect your ability to work. Without complete records, their testimony may be incomplete, potentially leading to hearing postponements.

How to Ensure Complete Medical Records

To avoid finding yourself at a hearing without complete medical records, consider these simple steps when working with your attorney or representative:

– Return paperwork promptly.
– Provide complete and accurate information, especially about your medical providers.
– Keep your attorney updated about your contact information.

Being disabled can pose challenges, but your Social Security disability hearing represents a crucial opportunity for a favorable decision. Ensuring all necessary information is available is essential for a successful outcome.

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