This is a really important question, because if you do not have the right documentation to support your Social Security disability application, your application for benefits will likely be denied. Many musculoskeletal conditions improve over time and are not life threatening or completely and permanently disabling. Accordingly, if you are going to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you are going to have to prove that your condition qualifies you for such benefits.
Here’s the Documentation You Need
Section 1.00H of the Listing of Impairments the Social Security Administration describes the documentation that you will need to prove that your musculoskeletal disorder makes you eligible for Social Security disability benefits. That documentation includes:
- Your medical records over a period of time. This will help establish how long you have suffered from your condition and whether your condition may be considered to be permanent.
- Documentation of the medical treatment that has been prescribed, that you have used, and your response(s) to such treatment. Any side effects to treatment should be noted and may be relevant to your application.
- Current medical evidence. The lack of longitudinal medical records and documentation of previous treatment will not necessarily prevent you from being found eligible for benefits if you can provide current medical evidence of your disability. This may be particularly helpful in establishing eligibility based on your condition being equal in severity to another listing in the Listing of Impairments or in establishing eligibility based on your inability to work because of your residual functional capacity.
However, you don’t need to worry if you don’t have every type of documentation described above.
Not Everyone Needs Every Piece of Documentation
An experienced Social Security disability lawyer can help you determine what is important to submit with your Social Security disability application and what information is not necessary to a finding of eligibility. To get started, contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule your first, no-obligation meeting with a board certified lawyer who is committed to helping you get the benefits that you’ve earned and that you deserve.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.