The Social Security Act was created as a means for the U.S. government to provide assistance to working citizens who suffer from a mental or physical condition that prevents them from returning to their job. It’s important to remember that proving your condition is severe enough to qualify for benefits can often be a complicated process though.
This leaves many potential applicants wondering. “How can I prove I’m disabled?” Our legal staff at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain the first step is often collecting medical evidence for your claim. Much of this information will come from the doctors and medical professionals who are treating you, which could include licensed physicians, optometrists, podiatrists, or psychologists.
The Social Security Administration points out your doctors should supply information such as what treatment options have been considered and the effectiveness of those treatments. A list of your symptoms and how they affect your daily life can also be helpful.
You may also be required to undergo a consultative examination with a physician of the agency’s choosing to collect any other information that is needed and was not supplied by your doctor.
If you’re considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, it may be wise to have your case and your medical evidence reviewed by a Social Security Disability lawyer prior to filing your application. Our team of attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say doing so could help to ensure you have everything that is needed to file a successful claim.