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How to Get Medical Evidence You Need for Social Security Disability

Applying for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits can be confusing and frustrating. However, the more you know about the process, the more likely you are to be accepted. Because New England SSA disability benefits are given to those who can prove they have an impairment that makes it impossible to work, the key to success lies in the medical evidence you provide. Here are some answers to questions you may have.

What Must Your Medical Evidence Prove?

As an applicant you have two main responsibilities:

  • One: You must provide medical evidence that you have one or more impairments.
  • Two: You must prove the severity of your impairment(s) qualifies you for benefits.

What Kinds of Medical Evidence Do You Have to Provide?

While you may provide the information yourself, the SSA will also help you get the medical reports you need from your own medical sources. Acceptable medical sources include:

  • Medical or osteopathic licensed physicians.
  • Licensed or certified psychologists. This includes school psychologists.
  • Licensed optometrists who can prove you have a qualifying visual disorder.
  • Licensed podiatrists.
  • Speech-language pathologists who are qualified to establish a speech or language impairment.

What Are Treating Sources?

The SSA guidelines refer to “treating sources.” These are medical professionals who have treated you for some length of time and are likely to be able to provide medical evidence that shows the history, severity and future prognosis of your impairment.

Treating sources are considered to be stronger advocates for you than medical reports alone, and can speed the process. Therefore, if you have someone like this, it will strengthen your chances of receiving SSA disability benefits.

Are Any Other Types of Medical Evidence Sources Used?

The SSA will look at other types of medical evidence beyond those listed above. Here are some of the possible sources that could be considered:

  • Medical reports from hospitals, clinics, or other health facilities where you have been treated, even if it was only once, or for a brief period of time.
  • Some public and private agencies.
  • Non-medical sources like schools, caregivers, parents, social workers and employers.
  • Other non-medical sources who practice in medicine related fields like naturopaths, chiropractors and audiologists.

If you need help in the New England SSA disability application process, there are professional disability legal experts to help you. Contact a Massachusetts disability application specialist if you want to be sure your claim has the best chance possible of being accepted. Call Keefe Disability Law toll-free today at 888-904-6847 for a free case consultation.


John L. Keefe
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