Claim Denials Due To Insufficient Medical Proof
One of the most common problems in the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits claims process is making sure Social Security gets enough proof of your medical impairments or medical conditions. Many people try not to complain too much and try to minimize their condition and the pain when talking to doctors, resulting in medical records that do not show how severe their conditions, injury, pain or illnesses are in preventing them from working.
At Manring & Farrell, our attorneys have helped tens of thousands of people throughout Ohio put together successful SSD and SSI claims, establishing disability eligibility. We understand what Social Security is looking for as it makes these decisions, and we can help you in putting together the medical proof needed to show the extent of your disabling conditions and medical impairments.
Steps To Make Sure You Have Enough Medical Proof And Medical Evidence
Some of the most practical steps you can take to avoid making this mistake include:
Keep regular doctor appointments — Make appointments with your doctor to seek treatment for the medical problems and the pain, and keep those appointments. By receiving treatment on a regular basis, you help show that the condition is real and is limiting your ability to do the daily tasks or duties of a job.
See your primary physician regularly — Social Security can give your treating doctor’s opinions a lot of weight — if the doctor has been treating you and knows your medical history better than a specialist or someone who is seeing you for the first time. If your primary physician refers you to a specialist, certainly follow those directions, but provide clear evidence of that referral in your application.
Tell your primary physician about everything — It is no fun to complain about your medical problems. But, if you don’t tell the doctor about everything, Social Security might argue that some of your medical problems don’t really count. How? They argue that if you really had a serious condition or problem, you would tell your doctor. So, TELL YOUR DOCTOR EVERYTHING!
Follow prescribed medical treatment — Listen to your doctor, and carefully follow his or her directions for treating your conditions. This could include exploring physical therapy, exercise programs, alternative treatments, specialist evaluations, weight loss programs or other medical options suggested by your doctor. Be careful to follow your doctor’s advice that program and show documentation that you are working toward progress in that area.
Stop smoking and avoid alcohol or drugs — If your doctors have told you to stop smoking, or stop drinking, listen to the doctors. Otherwise, Social Security may try to deny your claim by finding you are either making your own condition worse, or that you are not following medical advice.
How Manring & Farrell Can Help
Our lawyers will help you put together the medical records, doctor opinions and medical documentation of your conditions and impairments. We know what is needed for a successful application.