What Should A Claimant For Disability's Medical Report Include?By Kenton Koszdin on October 2, 2018 | In Social Security Claims Process
The information in a claimant for disability’s medical report makes the difference when applying for SSI benefit. If the report is not properly prepared it can jeopardize your chances of getting the amount of disability payment to which you are entitled. The best way to ensure you have a strong claimant for disability’s medical report is by matching the criteria for a successful claim as closely as possible.
Listing Medical Conditions
Claimants often neglect to fully list medical conditions, which may result in narrowly failing to disqualify for disability benefit. It is therefore important to ensure that all conditions which impact on your ability to remain part of the workforce are declared for inclusion in the claimant for disability’s medical report. While the list of qualifying medical conditions outlined by the SSA is helpful as a guide, you can still apply for benefits even if your condition does not appear on the list.
Do not make assumptions about which medical conditions are relevant to your application. A combination of conditions may prevent you from being able to work, where a single condition might result in your claim being denied. For example, a person who has been involved in a car accident may suffer from physical and psychological injuries. A complete claimant for disability’s medical report would include detailed information on both and, in turn, strengthen any application for benefits.
Symptoms & Impacts
Being diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition alone is not enough to ensure a successful disability benefit claim. The claimant for disability’s medical report must also illustrate how a single or combination of conditions affects the individual. The pain and symptoms from a disability should be of sufficient severity, be persistent and have lasted or be expected to last for a period of no less than 12 months.
It helps to speak to your doctors and any therapists, as well as family, friends and community members about statements which can be included in a claimant for disability’s medical report. Such statements may be considered in determining the individual’s quality of life and limitations as a result of a disability.
Equaling Diagnosis & Symptoms
If you do not find your exact diagnosis on the official SSA list, a claim for disability benefit is not immediately denied. There is a provision in a claimant for disability’s medical report for unlisted conditions that closely match those on the list or affect the individual in much the same way. If a medical report provides satisfactory evidence that the pain and symptoms from a condition or combination of conditions prevent you from working, that information is considered during the claim process.
If you have more questions about the claimant for disability’s medical report, or would like a consultation with an experienced disability attorney, reach out to Kenton Koszdin Law Office. We have an expert legal team that can provide you with support in understanding and pursuing a claim for disability benefits in the state of California. Call today so we can learn more about your claim and let you know how we can help.