How To Get Free Medical Records To Win Your Social Security Disability Benefits
YOU MUST HAVE MEDICAL RECORDS TO WIN YOUR DISABILITY CASE
If you are like most people who apply for disability benefits, you need free medical records in order to win your disability benefits. In a Social Security Disability or an SSI cases, it is the claimant’s responsibility to provide the medical records to the Social Security Administration. When you file your paperwork with the SSA, you list your physicians and treating sources and the SSA should collect that information, but they don’t always do so. Even if they do request records from your doctor, they may not request all of the record or the most important parts of your medical record. It is up to you and your lawyer to make sure that the SSA has the entire record about your disabling impairments.
STATE LAW AND COPIES OF YOUR FREE MEDICAL RECORDS
Many states have laws that limit the amount doctor’s offices can charge for copies of your medical records. If you are seeking disability benefits in California, Nevada, or Utah, below is a summary of the law. Knowing the law will help you obtain your records for free or at a low cost. We recommend you request your progress notes every time you visit your doctor. That way, you have a copy of your medical records. Plus, you can provide a copy to your attorney and the SSA.
UTAH– A health care provider “may charge a reasonable fee to cover the health care provider costs” not to exceed $20 for locating the records, 50 cents per page for the first 40 pages and 30 cents per page for each additional page. Postage and sales tax may also be charged.
NEVADA – NO COST to provide medical records for a Social Security Disability or SSI claim or appeal, if the request is accompanied by documentation of the claim or appeal. No administrative fee may be charged.
CALIFORNIA – In California you can obtain one free copy of your records. One copy must be provided FREE OF CHARGE to individuals who appeal a denial of Medi-Cal, SSI or SSDI. This is true even if an attorney represents you. Even if that attorney is not advancing the costs of your claim.
Remember to collect all of your medical records. This includes copies of tests, like MRI’s, CT scans, and x-rays. Provide these to your attorney in order to prove your disability to the SSA. If you need help with your case, call Cannon Disability Law at 18007322323. We can usually tell you over the phone if we can help you with your disability case. Experience wins cases. For 30 years we have been winning disability cases like yours. We do not charge a fee until we win your case. If we don’t win, you never have to pay an attorney fee. Call us for free today. We want to be your winning disability team.