Our Boise disability lawyer firm knows that the single most important thing in winning your Social Security Disability benefits is to have medical records that support what you claim are your limitations. Your records should show continuous and recent treatment. The best way to do this is to regularly go to your doctor, especially during the long wait for a hearing. Social Security attorneys all know how important medical records are to your claim and will always be asking if you are going to your doctor regularly and often.
In order to qualify for Social Security disability, you must of a “medically determinable impairment.” In laymen’s terms, this means your medical records must contain evidence that there is something wrong with you that would cause the symptoms you are complaining of. Experienced Social Security Lawyers should be able to tell you right away if you have such an impairment.
As you can imagine, Social Security must sift through thousands and thousands of cases and try to determine which claimants are trying to defraud the system. Every year Social Security loses around one hundred million dollars to fraud. As a result, every claim is looked at skeptically and rules and regulations surrounding filing Social Security disability claims have become increasingly complicated and strict. Social Security attorneys to go great lengths to help Social Security to find your medical records support what you claim your imitations are. If you are not going to the doctor while you are waiting for a hearing, the judge will be tempted to say you are not having medical problems, because people with medical problems go to the doctor. So don’t be tempted to stop seeing the doctor regularly even if you and your doctor have long since determined that there is little or nothing the medical community can do for you.
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Social Security will attempt to collect medical records from every source you give them. The SSA will no longer attempt to collect medical records after you are denied at the reconsideration level. It then is up to you to gather your medical records on a regular basis so that we can get them to the hearings office. If we can provide the hearing office with enough evidence, many times we can get the office to approve your claim without having to actually wait for a hearing. This can save you several months of waiting. You case would have to be exceptionally strong as indicated by Social Security attorneys.
Medical Records Letter
Social Security will ask for medical records from every doctor, hospital, clinic, etc. that you received medical treatment from since the date you claim you first became disabled. If Social Security does not receive a response to these requests within 15 days, they will send out a MER Reminder Letter (MER). If you receive a MER letter, you should call the doctor or clinic indicated on the letter and ask them if they have sent your medical records to Social Security. If they have not, simply indicate to them that your ability to get Social Security disability is completely dependent on the medical evidence in your records and that you may receive an unfavorable decision unless they submit your records in a timely fashion. Important: It is critical that you do not establish a negative relationship with anyone you are requesting records from. You may need further treatment or records from them in the future.
Have you been denied or are you experiencing issues with your disability claim benefits? Contact our Boise disability lawyer firm for a free consultation today by calling 208-888-8882.