When you’re injured or diagnosed with a severe illness that prevents you from being able to work, filing a Social Security Disability Insurance claim might be your best option. If your claim is approved, you could receive compensation from the government to help pay your bills and keep your life moving forward.
However, during the process of filing a claim, it’s your job to prove to the state you are no longer able to work. In order to do so, you will need medical records from acceptable sources.
What are the most reliable medical records?
Having medical records from acceptable sources when applying for Social Security disability benefits cannot be overestimated. While you can expect the Social Security Department to request your records from your treatment providers directly, it is also a good idea to follow up and provide these records on your own.
Listed below are some of the preferred types of treatment providers:
- Your primary physician. Medical records from your primary care physician are the most important because these professionals are likely to know your complete medical history and how your new condition has affected you. (Tip: It can be beneficial to have your primary treatment provider write a letter to accompany your medical records).
- Hospitals. Medical records from any hospital where you have been admitted or seen in the emergency room should be submitted.
- Other healthcare professionals. Records and letters from licensed professionals such as psychologists, podiatrists, optometrists and speech pathologists are valid.
It is important that all records are relevant to your current medical condition, accurate, and that you provide sufficient documentation to prove your claim. It can also be helpful to know what specific types of medical records will need to be submitted.
Below are some of the medical records you’ll need in order to file for SSDI benefits:
- Your medical history
- Past and current diagnosis
- Lab findings, such as x-rays
- Current treatment and your reaction to the treatment
- Test and exam results
- Your prognosis
- A report from your treatment provider about your current mental and physical abilities
Although these medical records will carry the most weight, you can support your claim with other evidence that demonstrates your limited capacity to work. Records from physical therapists, employers, chiropractors, and other alternative treatment providers can be helpful as well.
Contact a knowledgeable SSDI attorney in Colorado
If you live in Colorado and are applying for SSDI, the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr., LLC can help you with your application and make sure you’ve covered all the bases. We have years of experience helping people who have been injured or fallen ill receive the benefits they deserve. Whether you live in Brighton, Commerce City, or Thornton, we offer trusted legal care you can count on. Contact us or call (303) 880-7994 today for a consultation.