If you plan to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, remember that the Social Security Administration will want proof that you are unable to work.
You can gather medical records from your physician or healthcare provider to accompany your SSD application. Doing so will make the path to SSA approval easier and faster.
Medical records and related documentation concerning your disability will be essential accompaniments to your claim for SSD benefits. The SSA must have “objective medical evidence” to show that due to your disability, you cannot work for a year. The medical evidence must explain the nature of your disability and the severity of your impairment. The SSA could collect medical information on your behalf, but that process would take much longer than if you were to gather and submit the records and other pertinent documents yourself.
The Physical Residual Functional Capacity or RFC form
In addition to the doctor’s signature on the RFC form, here is what to submit to the SSA if you have a physical impairment:
– Letter from your doctor with diagnosis and how the disability limits your ability to work
– Medical records with treatment notes including any side effects
– Assessment records for the use of needed medical equipment, if applicable
The Mental Residual Functional Capacity or RFC form
This is for the signature of a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist or counselor, plus:
– Files from your vocational rehabilitation program
– Caseworker assessment as to how well you function
– Psychiatric or neuropsychological evaluations
– IQ test results
A look ahead
Your disability may qualify you for SSD benefits. Pulling together supporting documentation takes time, but SSA approval is much more likely if you include your complete medical records when applying.