Presenting valid medical evidence for your SSD claim 

Jan 17, 2023 | Social Security Disability

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of suffering from a long-term injury or illness, then you may be unable to work. This can be detrimental, particularly in terms of your finances. You may have stopped working, but you still have bills to pay and a family to feed. 

Fortunately, financial assistance can be provided in the form of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Nonetheless, the application process for these benefits can be complex, and many initial claims are rejected.

A lot of the rejections come down to inadequate medical evidence, so this is something you need to familiarize yourself with before submitting your application. Medical evidence could make or break your claim. 

What types of medical evidence are good?

Upon considering your application, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will examine the strength of your medical evidence. It needs to show that you are not fit to work. One of the strongest forms of evidence you can provide is records from your primary physician. This person will know about your condition in detail and will have treated you from the beginning. Any written records provided by them will be heavily weighted. 

It’s possible that you have also sought treatment from specialists. If your condition is psychological, then written documentation from a qualified psychiatrist will hold a lot of weight. The same can be said if you’ve ever had to seek treatment in the emergency room or any other type of medically recognized institution. 

Alternative therapies may not count 

Perhaps you’ve tried numerous types of treatment with varied degrees of success. It is your right to go with a treatment form that makes you feel better. For instance, acupuncture may have helped to relieve a lot of your pain and suffering. However, the SSA might not consider records from an acupuncturist or other alternative therapies to be authoritative. 

One of the best ways to ensure a successful SSD application is to have legal guidance behind you, especially if you need to file an appeal.