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What medical evidence is needed for Social Security Disability?

When residents of Northeast Wisconsin are injured, ill or have a condition that prevents them from working, they can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. To get an approval from the Social Security Administration (SSA), there is certain information that must be provided. Ensuring that the evidence is sufficient is one of the foundational aspects of a case. Medical evidence is key to being approved. Before moving forward with a case, having this medical evidence is vital.

When the person has been treated for the condition, the SSA will request medical evidence. That will include the medical records, reports from medical professionals who have given treatment and test results. These will be integral to a case. Any information that affects the person's ability to work will be needed. If an applicant has these records, the SSA will not need to request them from the various sources that provided the treatment. An applicant who has these records will have the process move faster than one who does not. For people who have not gotten treatment or there is a lack of evidence regarding the condition, the SSA will request that the person have the examination. The SSA will pay for it.

The following information must be provided: the nature of the illness, injury or condition; when it started; how activities are limited because of it; what the medical tests indicate; and what treatment was given. The SSA will also need information regarding the person's ability to perform various work-related activities. This can include being able to walk, sit, carry, understand and remember instructions the employer has given. The doctors who provide treatment will not be asked if the person is disabled. The medical evidence can be photocopied and it does not need to be certified for it to be accepted. It will be returned after the SSA has reviewed them.

It can be intimidating when applying for SSD benefits. Those who are concerned about the process will be well-advised to seek legal help from the start. Since many cases are denied not because the person is not sufficiently ill or injured, but because the proper information was not given or there were other errors in the application process, a law firm that is experienced in SSD is critical. When seeking benefits, Northeast Wisconsin Social Security disability attorneys can help.

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