To qualify for SSD benefits, an individual must have a disability that prevents them from working and earning a living.
In most cases, applying for these benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants. First-time applicants will have yet to learn what to expect from the process, and they might unintentionally undermine the importance of submitting timely and accurate medical documents.
Here are some tips for submitting medical records that every SSD applicant must know.
Provide documents from medical sources the SSA considers acceptable
The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a range of medical sources acceptable for evaluating disability claims. The important thing is that these sources come from licensed or certified specialists who have the proper education, training and experience to supply medical opinions on your condition. Some examples include Licensed physicians, Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) and Occupational Therapists (OT).
Make sure these documents are relevant and up to date
Although SSA requires that the document covers at least 12 months before the date of the disability application, recent medical evidence is still preferable.
If you send old medical records, it may help prove the severity of your condition. However, it may not have enough information to give the SSA an exact picture of your present difficulties and limitations. If your old records are still relevant, supplement them with updated medical findings to meet the SSA requirements.
Check that your doctor filled out your medical forms completely
Processing claims takes long enough; you want to avoid prolonging your agony more. Incomplete forms usually cause more delays, so better check that your doctor has completed signing all your forms before you file them.
Try to schedule an appointment with your doctor. This way, your doctor can fill out the forms without other worries and explain what they are for as they sign them.
When applying for SSD benefits, submitting the right and complete medical records is vital. The application process can be overwhelming, especially if you are a first-time applicant.
To save some time and avoid delays, it is essential to understand the acceptable medical sources and requirements of the Social Security Administration.