Social Security Disability Insurance is a benefit that workers earn by virtue of their work history and by paying into the system. As such, it should theoretically be available to any of these individuals who can no longer work due to a disabling condition.
Unfortunately, things do not really work this way. Many legitimate claims are denied for a variety of reasons. One relatively straightforward reason for claim denial is lack of medical evidence or documentation.
Because of how extensive the documentation must be, obtaining these records (or working to have them created) can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. Doctors are busy people, and many don’t feel they have the time (or patience) to assist patients with filing their SSD claims. This is especially true if medical records need to be created (or greatly enhanced in detail) simply to satisfy an application requirement.
The medical records requirement can be frustrating, but this is where it can be especially useful to work with an experienced attorney. As we note on our Seeking Medical Help page, our firm gives clients comprehensive guidance through the process of gathering necessary medical documentation. We will help you discern what kinds of records you need to support your claim, and we can discuss how to best communicate with your health care provider(s) to obtain these documents.
It is unfortunate – to put it mildly – that so many Americans struggle with the application and appeals process for Social Security Disability. It should not be so complicated. But thankfully, working with an experienced legal advocate can make a huge difference in your experience, and often, the outcome of your case.