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Why Medical Evidence is Crucial to Your Social Security Disability Claim

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

When your physical or mental health conditions become severe enough to keep you from being able to work, Social Security disability benefits may be available to help you pay for rent, food and other necessary expenses. However, the process of actually attaining Social Security disability benefits is much more involved than a person simply stating that they are disabled and unable to work.

Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits

In order to achieve a successful Social Security disability claim, you are required to prove that you suffer from a debilitating condition that has rendered you unable to work. The best way to achieve this is through the presentation of complete and thorough medical evidence. A New York Social Security attorney is a powerful resource in this area, as they are well-versed in what types of medical evidence are critical when trying to prove disability under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) listing of impairments.

The listing of impairments is a guideline, provided by the SSA, of what medical conditions may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Your medical evidence can be used to prove that you suffer an ailment included on the listing of impairments.

Types of Medical Evidence Used in a Social Security Disability Claim

When you consult with your New York Social Security disability attorney, they will talk to you about your symptoms and how they have impacted your day-to-day life. At this point, they will ask you questions about your doctor's visits, medications and the type of pain you experience on a daily basis. They will also want to immediately begin the task of building strong and complete medical evidence to support your claim.

Medical evidence is more complex than getting a statement from your treating physician simply saying that you are disabled and unable to work. The disability examiner and the SSA's Administrative Law Judge will require more detailed medical evidence such as: 

  • Results from MRIs, CAT scans, EKGs, x-rays and other types of medical imaging and readings;
  • Blood work results;
  • Details of your treatments and responses to treatments;
  • Records of your mental health;
  • Evidence that you have followed your doctor's orders and treatment schedule; and
  • A timeline of your condition and its progression.   

One of the most important aspects of your medical evidence is that your treating physician(s) details the ways in which your specific conditions and symptoms interfere with your daily tasks. For instance, does your rheumatoid arthritis make it difficult to use a keyboard, and your bulging disk makes it impossible for you to sit or stand for long periods of time? This information is vital when trying to prove that you are truly unable to work and therefore, eligible for Social Security disability benefits.  

Before you file your Social Security disability claim, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact the New York Social Security disability lawyers at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., for help in building your disability claim at 800-310-5520.