Winning Your Appeal Based On Medical Evidence
It is not unusual for those applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to get denied benefits. Pay close attention to the appeal deadline and seek the help of a Social Security attorney. With help, you can get that denial overturned and be paid what you are owed and deserve. Your medical information most likely played a major role in the reason you were denied so read on to learn more.
Why Medical Information Is Important
You must be ready to show and prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) two things:
1. Proof of your medical condition using medical records and other information.
2. Proof that your medical condition directly affects your ability to do your job.
Both of these requirements must be satisfied before you can be approved. Your chance to correct and enhance your proof comes at your appeal hearing.
The Doctor/Lawyer Connection
Be sure to provide your attorney with the information they need to contact your doctors about your condition. Your legal team will sift through your medical records, diagnostic test results, doctors notes, correspondence, opinions, and more, and create a tight and focused package of information to use at the hearing. The SSA tends to give the following information a high priority:
1. Information and opinions from doctors who have been treating you for a long period of time.
2. Detailed records that show your diagnosis, prognosis, and subjective medical proof that is corroborated using more than one test or opinion.
3. The opinion and treatment by a specialist in the field. For example, if you have a bone disorder, you should have verifying information from a bone special (an orthopedist).
The Residual Functioning Capacity (RSC) Issue
You may hear the above term and be confused, and it is a complex subject. You might consider RFC a cross between a job task list and your physical limitations. Many SSDI applications get denied due to an RFC issue. The RFC is a worksheet that your doctor will complete listing how able you are, in their opinion, to perform certain job tasks. It is key that your doctor and your attorney work closely together to ensure that the form is filled out completely and accurately so that your denial can be challenged at the appeal hearing.
Having to go through an appeal hearing can be stressful, particularly if you have no legal support with you. Your local social security disability attorney is familiar with the exact paperwork you will need to show that you deserve benefits so see one today.