Medical Evidence for Social Security Disability Claim
Trusted advice from experienced legal counsel in Florida
The Social Security Disability (SSD) program is administered by the federal Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide money and resources to you if you are disabled.
If you are disabled, understanding the application process prior to filing your claim is essential for providing a complete and accurate application for consideration by the SSA. Throughout the application and appeals process, Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A. offers reputable, reliable counsel and support to help you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
Understanding the medical information needed to apply for Social Security Disability
Because SSD is a disability program, your application must include reasonable evidence that you are impaired, and it must describe how your impairment renders you unable to earn a wage.
In addition to identifying wage and tax information, you will be asked to provide medical records recent enough to reflect your present condition and records and test results that appear to be accurate and objective. Important, these records must be generated by health care providers considered acceptable medical sources by the SSA.
Acceptable medical sources defined by the SSA include licensed and certified professionals including the following:
- Medical or osteopathic physicians
- Psychologists, including school psychologists
- Speech-language pathologists
Types of information you may need to provide include:
- Results of physical examination, diagnosis and notes on treatment
- Laboratory and other test results and interpretations, including imaging studies, blood panels and other tests
- Name and dose of all medications you are prescribed
Why your medical evidence is important
A Social Security Disability application that includes accurate and complete medical information is less likely to be denied for lack of information.
Before you file for SSD benefits, be sure you are seeing your physician and following directions to treat your impairment. Without a recent and objective medical evaluation, it is less likely your benefits will be approved.
If you have not been under the care of a physician, we can work with you to close the gaps in your medical record prior to filing your application. Without authoritative medical evidence, it is not likely your claim will be approved. Upon denial of benefits, we request a hearing before an administrative law judge to explain your condition and why there might be gaps in the evidence you present to prove your impairment.
We help you develop, file and protect your claim throughout the appeals process until we obtain the benefits rightfully owed you by law. Time and effort spent preparing your application for Social Security Disability can pay off in more rapidly approved benefits.
Speak with experienced Social Security Disability counsel in Florida today
Serving clients in Palm Beach County, Martin County and Orlando, Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A. offers high-quality legal representation and dedicated client service throughout the claims and appeal process for state and federal assistance programs for the injured or disabled. If facing hardship in Florida, we can help.
We offer evening and weekend appointments when needed and will travel to you if you cannot visit one of our offices. Contact us online or at 561.687.5660 for a consultation.