Social Security and medical records

Indiana residents who file for SSDI or SSI are not required to have a past medical history. However, the disability examiners who process the claims do prefer to receive records of any past medical treatments that can help them render a decision. People who have received some form of treatment for their disabling condition may provide copies of their physician's notes to give the examiners a perspective into the condition that they may not otherwise have.

Hospital treatment notes provide significant information but not about a person's mental or physical limitations or reactions to different types of treatment. They tend to provide unbiased medical evidence, such as lab tests and imaging results, as well as records for acute medical treatment. However, the hospital notes do not give the examiners sufficient information regarding the ongoing severity of a disabling condition or how the limitations can prevent the claimants from being able to work enough to be self-sufficient.

In order to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, claimants must be able to demonstrate that they have an impairment that hinders their ability to function to such an extent that they are unable to perform daily, ordinary activities. Disability examiners can learn about the debilitating impact a medical impairment has wrought over a period of time by reviewing past medical records.

The type of information disability examiners seek is objective medical proof that support the claims of an extreme mental or physical impairment. This proof may include counseling notes, breathing tests, blood work or imaging results.

Indianapolis, Indiana, attorneys handling Social Security disability cases may guide clients through the application process. Clients may be assisted with obtaining the necessary information that can bolster their case. Assistance may also be provided during the appeal process for denied claims.

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