Do you suffer from a physical or mental health condition which is considered severe? Are you unable to work? If your condition is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death you may be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
Some applicants assume getting Social Security Disability benefits is as simple as producing a doctor’s note which states they are disabled. If only it were that simple. Unfortunately, the process can be cumbersome and complex. Claimants may be denied Social Security Disability benefits multiple times before they are eventually approved.
How can you prove you are disabled and unable to work? You must get medical care and accumulate medical records which can prove your condition. Many claimants do not have a job or medical insurance thus making it nearly impossible to get good medical records. Unfortunately, without medical records claimants filing for Social Security Disability benefits are unable to prove to the Social Security Disability Determination Services (DDS) that they are disabled and will be denied Social Security Disability benefits.
What can a claimant do if they do not have medical documentation for their condition? This question is asked everyday, “How do I see the doctor if I do not have any money?” It can be difficult, but it is not impossible. If you have ever had medical coverage and seen a doctor for the conditions you are filing for you may be able to establish your alleged onset date. Current medical records may be obtained by visiting free local clinics in your area, and claimants may be able to request the same doctor for each visit to establish a doctor/client relationship. Visiting an emergency room would also be a last resort for diagnosing a condition.
Claimants who file for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplement Security Income benefits without medical records may be sent for consultative exams by the disability examiner who is reviewing their Social Security Disability claim. Social Security Disability claims have been won based on the recommendations of the consultative examiners, but this is unlikely to occur if the claimant’s condition does not meet or equal a listing found on the Social Security Administration’s List of Impairments. Consultative examiners are not offering treatment for claimants but rather simply identifying impairments. Their ability to diagnosis a claimant will be limited by their lack of historical medical information and their lack of a patient/doctor relationship.
What if you have solid medical evidence of your severe medical condition but Social Security Disability benefits have still been denied? What else can you do? Winning Social Security Disability benefits may be as simple as hiring a competent Social Security Disability lawyer to plead your Social Security Disability case. Social Security Disability attorneys can review all of your medical records, gather residual functional capacity forms from your doctor and argue your case before the Administrative Law Judge at your Social Security Disability hearing.
A solid diagnosis, complete medical records, evidence establishing you are unable to work at your current job or be retrained for any other job is just the first step in the Social Security Disability process. It is time to talk to a Social Security Disability attorney and put the finishing touches on your Social Security Disability claim.