Disability law and application process dictate the importance of providing complete medical records. Below are six reasons you need to make sure that your medical records are thorough and back up your disability claim.
1. Medical Records Confirm Disabling Injury or Illness
You can tell disability people all day long you have been disabled, but Social Security wants to hear this from medical professionals they deem adequate to make that call. It needs to be a condition that will last longer than a few weeks or months. SSI is not designed as a short-term disability solution. Your best chances at benefits are when your doctor can confirm it is a disabling condition that will be long-lasting.
2. Medical Records Should Document Disabling Condition
Everything about your disabling condition needs to be documented in your medical records. It may require providing records for more than one doctor. Provide access to all medical records so they have a complete, accurate picture. You don’t want to be denied by forgetting about an important piece of the puzzle. The information at Disabled Law is useful and can provide you with additional insights.
3. Tests and Prognosis Should Point to Inability to Work
You need to have testing and diagnostic information included in your medical records that back up your claim that you are unable to work. You should discuss this with your doctor before you apply for benefits. Disability law is particular in the type of assessment and determination that needs to be made by your doctor.
4. Treatments Should Demonstrate Lack of Improvement
Everyone would love to heal up after a serious illness or injury, but claiming a disability will require a condition that is showing no improvement with treatment. Social Security will be hesitant to declare you disabled if you show any signs of improving, or the potential to improve within weeks or months.
5. Records Should Contain Continued Care Recommendations
Your doctor should have a treatment plan lined out if your illness or injury is recent. It has to be shown that your medical advice and treatment is doing everything possible to try and improve your health enough to return to work. It could be something as simple as physical therapy, or as dramatic as scheduled surgeries.
6. Records Need to Show Continuity of Care
You need to attend all doctor and medical service appointments. Never blow off appointments and consider they don’t matter. It will look bad for you when they are assessing your disability benefits needs.
Maintain current and accurate medical records for your best chances at gaining disability benefits.