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Legal guidance crucial in presenting medical evidence

On Behalf of Christian Ayers
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If you are suffering from a mental or physical condition that is severe enough to disrupt your ability to care for yourself and do the things you used to do, then your medical issues are undoubtedly among your top concerns at any given time.

Now, you and your doctors may know the details of your condition as thoroughly as possible, and you might assume you can explain them to anyone who asks. But this isn’t as easy as you might think. In fact, many people struggle with translating the details of a medical condition to other parties, including the Social Security Administration.

When you apply for disability benefits, most of the information you provide will be in relation to your condition. Using the information you provide, the SSA will make a determination as to whether you are eligible for benefits or not. Because so much is riding on the medical evidence, it is crucial that it is presented properly.

For example, your doctor will submit data showing why you have been diagnosed with a particular condition. However, he or she may not have or remember to submit information on how long the condition might last or what factors can aggravate it. These gaps in information can be all it takes for the SSA to deny a claim.

The SSA will also need to consider other documentation related to your diagnosis, including test results, treatment history and statements from other parties regarding how the condition affects your abilities.

If this medical evidence and supporting documentation is not prepared and submitted properly, it could prove to be the difference between an approval and a denial of your application.

Rather than run the risk of having your application for SSDI denied based on issues that could have easily been addressed, you can instead work with an attorney who can help you prepare your application. Having legal guidance can help ensure your medical evidence is complete, accurate and properly presented.