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Applying for Social Security Disability: Medical Records Matter

When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you need to convince the Social Security Administration that you truly need these benefits because your medical condition has made it impossible for you to do any job for which you are qualified. 

The Social Security Administration has claims examiners who carefully review applications in order to determine if someone truly meets the definition of disabled. As your application is being reviewed, one of the most important things that the claims examiner looks at is the medical records that you provide. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can assist you in making sure you have submitted the right medical records to maximize your chances of your claim for benefits being approved. 

​Why Medical Records are Important When Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

The most important thing that the Social Security Administration looks at when determining if a benefits claim is approved or denied is the severity of your condition. Your medical records provide you with the chance to show you have a condition that makes you too disabled to work and to show that your condition substantially interferes with your activities of daily living.

The Social Security Administration will give more weight to medical records provided by an expert in the field related to your condition. For a mental health condition, for example, the records should be provided by a psychiatrist. The physician who provides the records should also be your treating physician and the records should be as detailed as possible. 

To find out more about submitting your medical records and making sure they are as comprehensive as possible so you can maximize your chances of getting Social Security disability benefits, it is a good idea to talk with a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney as soon as you have determined your disability will make working impossible. ​

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Friday, 18 October 2019