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Medical evidence for disability claims in Minnesota

When putting in disability claims in Minnesota, it is necessary to prove that the claim is legitimate and that the assistance is needed. Most often, this can be done using medical evidence that backs up your claims about injuries and disabilities. Remember, the burden of proof in a case like this is on you, so you must gather and present the proper evidence.

Two main things must be established. First, the ailment itself has to be confirmed. Next, the severity of that ailment has to be determined, as there is a big different between something that will hinder you while it heals, for the next few weeks or months, and something that is going to last a lifetime.

So, who can present this evidence? In all situations, those who do so need to be licensed and qualified in their professions. Since disabilities come in many different ways, the licensed professionals could be physicians, optometrists, psychologists, podiatrists, or even speech-language pathologists.

One of the most important things that you can do is to get some of your documentation from treating sources. When medical reports are extensive, timely and accurate, they can also make it so that further evidence is not needed. The SSA is going to look at treating sources first, giving this testimony the most weight. It is possible to get disability payments without these reports, but they help your cause more than anything else that you can bring to the table.

The entire Social Security Disability process can be long and complicated, so make sure that you know what legal steps you need to take.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security" accessed Mar. 12, 2015

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