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HOW TO BUILD MEDICAL RECORD EVIDENCE FOR YOUR DISABILITY CASE

Medical record evidence in your disability case is the single most important thing in your SSD case. Building that medical evidence is the best thing you can do to help yourself win SSD and SSI benefits. At Cannon Disability Law, we can help you build your case. Unfortunately, many people who apply for disability benefits do not understand this simple fact. Instead, they think they can explain their disability to a judge and their explanation will win the case. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The law requires the judge in your case to find in your medical records, objective evidence of your disabling impairments. The judge must determine if you have a “severe impairment.” This is the finding that will allow the judge to continue with his analysis of your case. If the judge cannot find evidence of a severe impairment in your medical records, then you will not win. Instead, the judge will find that no objective medical evidence supports your testimony. You will, therefore, lose your case.

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WHAT ARE MEDICAL RECORD PROGRESS NOTES AND HOW CAN THEY HELP YOUR DISABILITY CASE?

You do not want this to happen. But how can you know what your doctor writes in her progress notes? The simple answer is, you can’t. However, almost all physicians write honest progress notes. Those notes are about your visit to the doctor and will include the things you say. So, for example, if you complain of severe pain or disabling mental impairments, the doctor will write about those issues. 

However, if you fail to mention your disabling pain or your severe mental impairments, like crying spells or panic attacks from depression. Then your doctor will not document your impairments and there will be no evidence in your medical records stating you have a disability. It is even worse if you tell your doctor you are feeling “fine,” when in fact you are not. Many people go to the doctor for a check-up and don’t tell the doctor how they are really feeling. Don’t do that.

Sometimes, when they go to the doctor, people focus on only one aspect of their health.  For example, they may tell the doctor they have back pain, but forget to talk about their knee pain or ankle pain. This is especially common if you have an impairment, like back pain, that is overwhelming. Obviously, you would focus on only this type of pain if you are visiting your doctor.

MAKE A LIST OF YOUR PROBLEMS AND DISCUSS THEM WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN

However, focusing on only one impairment is not helpful to your disability case. The advice we give to our clients is to write down a list of all of your medical Impairments and problems so you can discuss them with the doctor. Most people make a list of items they need when they go to the store. But, for some reason, they do not make a list of the things they want to discuss with their doctor. Surely, the items you want to discuss with your doctor are more important than a grocery list. So, make a list.

Doctors are busy and they have very little time to spend with each patient they treat. At most, you have 15-20 minutes to explain your problems to your doctor. Make sure you prepare yourself to make the most of your doctor visits. For example, if you are having back pain that radiates down one leg, tell this to the doctor. However, you must also tell the doctor how this impacts your ability to do your normal daily activities. 

For example, you might want to tell the doctor that you have trouble sleeping due to pain. Likewise, you might want to explain how you cannot sit down, lift more than 10 pounds, drive a car, or stand long enough to take a shower. You might tell the doctor you cannot walk up or down the stairs without pain. If you do not have these examples written down to tell the doctor, you may forget them. These are important examples of how your pain prevents you from doing normal activities. Tell your doctor about your limitations so she understands that your impairments are severe and prevent you from working.

IF YOU NEED ADVICE ABOUT BUILDING YOUR MEDICAL RECORD CONTACT CANNON DISABILITY LAW

We have resources on this website that can help you find a low cost physician or a free doctor in Nevada and in Utah. We also have information about how to obtain your medical records for free. If you have medical insurance, we encourage you to use it. Visit your doctor. Tell your doctor what is wrong. Then, get treatment and follow it. None of our resources will do you any good if you don’t also go to the doctor on a routine basis.

Another thing that is very important is building a doctor-patient relationship. You cannot do this unless you visit the doctor on at least a monthly basis. Additionally, your doctor will usually prescribe medication for you to take if you have a severe mental or physical condition. Take your prescription medication as your doctor prescribes. Do not quit your medication on your own. Also, if you are having side-effects that you don’t like, tell the doctor. Usually, there is another medication he or she can prescribe instead and that will help you.

CANNON DISABILITY IS THE BEST DISABILITY LEGAL TEAM YOU CAN HIRE

At Cannon Disability Law, we want to be your disability law legal team. We are located in Salt Lake City, Utah, but we practice throughout the Intermountain West. We also have a location in Las Vegas, Nevada. We can help you file disability applications at the Social Security Website in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Wyoming. Our years of experience helps us build the medical evidence you need to win your SSD and SSI disability case.

If you are worried about hiring an SSD attorney because it costs too much, don’t be. We do not charge an attorney fee until we win your disability benefit’s case. If we do win your case, then our attorney fee is set at 25% of your back due disability benefits, with a cap of $6000. This does not mean we charge you $6000, instead it means we charge whatever is less. So, if your back due benefit is $10,000, then our attorney fee would be $2500 or 25%. But only if we win. If we do not win your SSDI and SSI benefits, then we do not charge an attorney fee. If you do not win benefits, then we do not get paid. You have nothing to lose by letting us help you. Also, we offer a free consultation. Contact us today for free.

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