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Do I Need To Provide My Medical Records When I Apply For Disability?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

I get many calls from people who have not yet applied for Social Security disability. Some of these callers know already they want to apply. They just don't know how to go about it.  One thing I often hear is that people think they cannot apply until they have all their medical records.  

The Good News

Now, Which Parts To Take Out?

The good news is that you do not need to gather any documents to apply for disability.  This is not to say you can do it completely unprepared. Social Security is going to want you to tell them whom you have worked for, what doctors you see, and what medications you take.  You will, of course, need to list out all of the medical conditions that are preventing you from working.

The reason why you don't need to give Social Security your medical records is really quite simple: They don't trust you. We have already seen that Social Security thinks no one is credible.  This is another example of their lack of faith in you.  If you gave Social Security your medical records, they would think you had edited them. By that, I mean, taken out all the bad stuff.  This explains why Social Security goes directly to the doctors and hospitals and clinics you tell them about to get their own set of records.

Don't Waste Time--Apply Immediately

Time And Tides And All Of That

It is important to apply for disability as soon as possible. This is especially true when applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Social Security cannot pay back benefits any earlier than the time you apply for SSI. They can go back one year from the time you apply for SSDI. Either way, every day you wait to apply could mean one day of lost benefits.  That adds up fast.

Call When The Denial Arrives

Once you are certain you are going to apply for disability, do it. Do not waste time sending away for your medical records. Get the application in. When they deny you (and they will), give me a call so we can discuss your options for appealing. As with applying, do this immediately as well. Social Security disability applications are not like wine--they do not get better with age. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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