As you decide whether to apply for disability benefits, it will be important to consider the evidence required to qualify. In the video below, your Greensboro disability lawyers have outlined the four types of evidence SSA uses to assess disability claims.
Medical records will be of tremendous importance to your disability claim and include your history of treatment, doctors’ visits, and diagnoses made by your doctor. As yourGreensboro disability lawyers will explain, if your impairment is severe enough your medical records may even serve to prove disability on their own. -As Proof of a Medically Determinable Impairment A medically determinable impairment is one that is shown to exist through medical evidence and reduces one’s ability to continue working. -As Support for Statements In addition to the importance of medical records for proving disability, these documents can also serve to substantiate statements you have made regarding your impairment.
The opinions of your treating doctors will be held in high regard by SSA. In fact, these statements may even be controlling if SSA finds them to be particularly influential. SSA will look to your doctors to provide objective information on your diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, abilities, and limitations. Thus, it is important for you to continue regularly seeing your doctors and stick to the treatment schedule they have ordered.
The statements you have made since suffering from your impairment will be under scrutiny by SSA. Your words will be compared to medical records, doctors’ opinions, and even statements by those close to you. Thus, it will best serve your claim if your own statements are consistent with the other areas of evidence.
Your friends, family, and co-workers may be given the opportunity to submit letters on your behalf or testify at your disability hearing. These individuals may help your case by supporting your account of your impairment and describing the limitations you have faced.
As you move forward with your disability claim you will need to ensure that the evidence you present is strong and meets SSA’s requirements to qualify for benefits. Call Greensboro disability lawyers from the Bridgman Law Offices today at 704-815-6055 for more information.
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