When a person suffers a serious injury and is no longer able to work, Social Security Disability Insurance can be a financial lifeline. Unfortunately, obtaining SSDI benefits can be somewhat of a challenge. According to the Social Security Administration, millions of Americans apply for SSDI benefits every year and about 70% of claims are initially denied. However, many applicants are denied simply because there wasn’t enough convincing information in their medical records needed for an approval. Here’s how a lack of good medical evidence can lead to SSDI claim denial.
Was all medical treatment documented?
Applicants should be sure to always list all known sources of medical treatment. Be sure to include specific information like the addresses of all medical providers, the names of doctors who gave treatment as well as the dates of treatment. This information is extremely important but a surprising number of applicants fail to provide complete and accurate medical treatment information.
Was medical evidence sufficient?
Other aspects for an applicant to consider are the quality of his or her medical records and how detailed the records are. Many times, the quality of the medical records is largely dependent on the physician or medical providers. However, applicants can influence this by maintaining regular doctor visits and sufficiently communicating with physicians about concerns.
Always be sure medical information is accurately detailed and submitted in a timely manner. From ensuring applications are accurate and complete to keeping track of deadlines, the process of applying for SSDI benefits can be overwhelming and confusing. However, even if an application is initially denied, all hope is not lost. By contacting an experienced attorney, applicants can obtain much-needed guidance on how to submit an appeal while ensuring all requirements are met.