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The Importance of Medical Records to SSA

It is paramount that you understand the importance of collecting all of your medical records when you apply for disability benefits and updating all of your records prior to attending a hearing. The SSA has changed the law and states they don’t have to rely on the opinion of your treating physician or even the opinion of their own physician.  Rather, all medical opinions are equal and the opinion that a judge can rely on is the one that is best supported by the medical records.  Even if your doctor writes a letter stating you are disabled, the SSA doesn’t have to give it much weight, unless the medical records support that opinion. In other words, submit all of your medical records as soon as possible.  This includes records of past surgeries.

The second thing that is very important to winning your disability hearing is that there are firm deadlines in which to submit medical records. The SSA has issued a rule that all medical records must be submitted five days prior to your hearing and in typical lawyerly fashion, this means five “working” days. So, in actuality, everything must be in the record one week prior to the hearing. There are good reasons for this rule when the SSA is dealing with thousands of hearings across the nation. It helps the efficiency of the entire system to have all the evidence into the record so it can be reviewed by the judge and experts. The bottom line is this:  one week prior the hearing is the deadline for submitting your medical records.  If you fail to submit the records at least one week prior to the hearing, the judge doesn’t have to admit them into the record at all and that means she doesn’t have to consider them. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your records or to give all of your records to your attorney so she can submit them. Be prepared in advance and you will have a better chance of winning your disability benefits.  #SSD #SSI #medicalrecords #windisability #cannondisability

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