When workers become injured and can no longer provide a living for themselves and their families, they can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits to help them through this difficult time. Unfortunately, getting these benefits can take weeks and is often challenging. In fact, around 70% of initial claims are rejected. However, supplying adequate medical evidence of the illness or injury is a way applicants can increase their odds of an approval. Here’s how a lack of adequate medical evidence can lead to Social Security claim denial.
What is sufficient medical evidence?
When applying for Social Security disability, applicants are required to provide enough medical evidence to prove that they can no longer work due to their condition. Failure to do so will result in the Social Security Administration rejecting the application. But what exactly constitutes sufficient medical evidence?
The types of evidence an applicant needs to supply will depend on their specific condition or disability. However, a few general things the SSA requires are:
- Complete records of all the medical treatment received in relation to the condition.
- A professional medical determination stating the applicant cannot work due to their medical condition.
- A professional medical opinion stating the applicant will not be able to work for at least 12 months.
Also, be sure to include specific information such as the names of medical professionals who administered treatment, the addresses of all medical providers and the dates of treatment.
Where to go for help
It’s no secret that the process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can be confusing and overwhelming. However, keep in mind that most initial applications are rejected, so a denial does not mean all hope is lost. Those who are applying for benefits can speak with a knowledgeable attorney to ensure they are supplying enough information during the application process and, if necessary, how to submit an appeal.