When you have a long-term disability that prevents you from working for a year or more, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Unfortunately, the application process can be difficult, lengthy, and disappointing. Roughly two-thirds of applicants are denied in the initial stage, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, there are two key things that can increase the chances for timely approval of your SSDI claim: robust medical evidence for your condition and working with a skilled Social Security disability attorney throughout the application process.
At O'Connor Law PLLC, we help individuals with disabilities apply for—and obtain—the SSDI benefits they need and deserve. If your disability prevents substantial gainful employment and is expected to last 12 months or longer—or result in death—we can work with you and your health care providers to gather the medical evidence necessary to build a strong claim.
Though the exact evidence needed varies depending on the nature of your disability, here are examples of the different types of supporting medical documentation the SSA considers when evaluating your SSDI application:
- Medical records from your primary care doctor
- Medical records from other licensed (or certified) health care professionals, such as psychologists or psychiatrists; ophthalmologists and optometrists; speech therapists; podiatrists; and other specialists
- X-rays and other scans
- Diagnostic test results
- Other documents and records from professional clinics, health care facilities, and hospitals
Additionally, it's important to know what types of documentation the SSA won't consider when evaluating your application. These include records from chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and other new age or alternative medical providers. However, while the SSA won't accept records or notes from your chiropractor, you can submit X-rays taken at a chiropractic office as objective evidence.
Let Us Handle Your SSDI Claim From Start to Finish
The SSDI application process is complicated, and even seemingly small mistakes can result in the denial of your claim. Don't let this happen to you. O'Connor Law PLLC's accomplished attorneys can help you prepare your application and work with the medical professionals treating you to ensure your disability is thoroughly documented. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.