You ask an important question, because it is important for you to provide the right medical documentation with your Social Security disability application. Otherwise, the Social Security Administration (SSA) could deny your application and you could be left without benefits that you deserve and need now that your physical condition is keeping you from working.

What Information Do You Need?

That depends on your disability. The Social Security Blue Book Listing of Impairmentsdescribes the specific medical documentation that you need to qualify for various conditions.

For example, if you are applying for disability under Section 4.00 Cardiovascular Impairments then you should be prepared to include the detailed reports of the following information with your application:

  • Your medical history
  • Physical examinations
  • Lab work
  • Prescribed treatments and your responses to those treatments

Typically, you will need a medical record of at least three months—though more or less may be necessary based on your specific situation. Additionally, you should provide any specific information listed in the section that applies to your cardiovascular disability. Specific test results and treatments may be required based on the cardiovascular condition that you are claiming as a disabling condition.

Other documentation will be necessary if you have a different kind of disability. If you have any questions about what documentation is necessary to help support your disability application then it is important to find out the answer before you submit an application. Failure to provide all the required medical data could result in your application being denied.

by Carl M. Weisbrod
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law

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