What is Better, a Medical Source Statement or a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

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For Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims, there’s evidence, and then there’s evidence. Here’s what we mean. Medical evidence of disability is critical to your chances of winning your SSDI claim. But the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is particular about what medical evidence it finds convincing. Medical Evidence Must Be Current. One of the most important factors … Read More

Will Your Claim Be Denied if You Don’t Follow an Aggressive Treatment Plan?

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An issue that frequently comes up in Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) cases is a claimant’s medical treatment plan. The Treatment Trap. As we have frequently noted in our blog, it is always important for disability claimants to seek regular medical treatment for their conditions. This is important not only for the health and wellbeing of … Read More

What Makes Mental Health Claims Difficult To Win.

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Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are available for both physical and mental conditions that are severe and disabling. If you are living with a condition, or combination of conditions, that prevents you from working full-time or on a consistent basis, you can apply for disability benefits—regardless of whether your condition is physical or a mental one. … Read More

Why You Should Get a Medical Source Statement from Your Doctor.

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You may realize that your medical evidence is critical to your chances of winning your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). But not all medical evidence is “created equal” as they say when it comes to convincing the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) that you are “disabled.” One document that can positively influence your case is … Read More

Are Doctor’s SOAP Notes Just Clean Fun?

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To be awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you must be able to prove that your disabling condition is current and continues to interfere with your ability to work full-time or on a consistent basis. To do this, you need to have medical records that document your current condition and treatment for your condition(s). Past medical … Read More

If the Disability Examiner Cannot Find all Your Medical Records, Here’s What To Expect.

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What happens if you apply for  Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) and the disability examiner reviewing your file cannot find all your medical records? Let’s see. Expect an Examination. If the disability examiner cannot find current medical records (medical records that are less than 90 days old) showing that you were treated for your condition(s), it … Read More

What to Expect at a Mental Consultative Exam.

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If the Security Administration (“SSA”) feels it does not have enough medical evidence or sufficient recent medical evidence of a person’s physical disability when they apply for  Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), the SSA will generally order the person to undergo a “consultative examination” (“CE”). This is a medical examination provided by an independent doctor that … Read More

Why Would Social Security Disregard Your Treating Physician’s Opinion?

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Considering how important a treating physician’s opinions are when it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”)  applications, you may find it surprising to learn that sometimes the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) disregards your doctor’s opinion either in part, or completely. It doesn’t happen often, and when it does the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) must give … Read More

How Far Back Do Your Medical Records Have to Go?

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To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), you must document your current medical condition. But you also have to establish: the “onset” of your disease or impairment, that you regularly sought treatment for your condition, and that your disability or impairment is severe and long-lasting enough to prevent you from performing any type of work … Read More

Acceptable vs. Unacceptable Medical Records.

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Medical records are critical when it comes to applying for, or appealing the denial of, Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits. But not all medical records are created equal. There are some medical records that the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) finds “acceptable” and others that are “unacceptable.” Acceptable Medical Records. Probably the most obvious, the medical records preferred by the … Read More