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Do I have to request my own medical records to get SSDI or SSI benefits?

How does the Social Security disability examiner make their disability decision? Social Security Disability examiners will request and review all of your medical records provided by each medical source you have listed in your disability application.

So do you need to request your own medical records and present copies to the SSA? No, not unless you have extra time and money or you already have copies of your records available. The SSA is required, assuming you meet the non-medical criteria of either the SSI or SSDI program, to request your medical records and review them to decide if you are eligible for disability benefits.

Keep in mind, your medical records should provide evidence of not only your disability but also your functional limitations to work. The Social Security Administration will deny you disability benefits if you cannot prove you are disabled and unable to work any job available in significant numbers in the national economy, regardless of how “sick” you claim to be.

Your inability to work can be proven by either meeting a listing (having a disability which is as severe as a condition listed on the SSA Listing of Impairments) or by having medical evidence which supports your claim that you have limited residual functional capacity to work.

Many claimants, in an effort to expedite their claim, will request their own medical records and schedule a meeting to with the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is not required or necessary to win benefits, but due to the increased number of Social Security Disability applicants, the Social Security Administration medical file requesting process can take weeks or months. Providing your own medical records may improve the processing time of your either your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim.

If you would like a Social Security Disability attorney to review your claim you can fill out the FREE evaluation form and a disability advocate will call you to review your claim or you can call our office at 1-800-641-3759 to talk to someone now.