Medical Records Are Key in Your SSDI Application

By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

In your application for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) wants to know about your physical or mental disability. They will review your application for confirmation that your disability prevents you from working for at least a year. What are they looking for in particular? The SSA wants objective medical evidence that clearly supports the assertion that your health condition clearly falls in line with their definition of a disabling condition. What’s objective medical evidence? Medical records.

Why Medical Records Are Essential for Your SSDI Application

Medical records are of central importance to your SSDI application. Without the necessary documentation to support your claim, the SSA will have no choice but to deny your application. The more thoroughly documented your condition is in your medical records, the more support you have for your claim and, thus, the stronger your application for benefits becomes.

It is possible for you to outsource the task of gathering your medical records. You can grant the SSA permission to gather your medical records on your behalf. This, however, can make the process take even longer than usual. You are the best situated to gather your complete medical records. Outsourcing this task to the SSA may be tempting, however, you can save your application a great deal of processing time if you gather your complete medical records on your own. You can also review your medical documentation to help ensure that all necessary records have been gathered and included in your application for SSDI benefits.

In addition to your standard medical records gathered from your various medical providers, you can also request that your doctor or treating health care professional sign off on a Physical Residual Functional Capacity Form. The Residual Functional Capacity Form is generated as a result of a medical examination to determine your physical and mental limitations on participating in the workforce caused by your disabling condition. You can also request that your doctor compose a letter detailing your diagnosis, when your disability began, and how your disabling condition limits your ability to work. This should accompany your RFC and other medical records.

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Your medical records are essential evidence of your disabling condition. The clearer and more complete the records, the clearer the SSA will be able to see that you do, in fact, suffer from a disabling condition that prevents you from engaging in substantially gainful activity. Thus, gathering this objective medical evidence will help strengthen your benefits application and raise your chances of being granted disability benefits. 

To help ensure that your application is complete and accurate and that it includes the relevant and necessary medical records, you can count on the team at Disability Advocates Group. We are committed to helping our clients receive these critical disability benefits for the financial support they need. Living with a disabling condition can be difficult enough, let us help with the benefits application. Contact us today.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts is the managing attorney for Disability Advocates Group. She opened Disability Advocates Group to assist individuals who became disabled and unable to work to obtain the benefits they need and deserve.  Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.