Why your medical records are important
Winning a claim for Social Security disability is all about developing the proper evidence. In order to make a disability determination, Social Security needs current, accurate medical records from medical providers accepted by Social Security (for example, MDs and DOs). While the particular test results and documentation required can vary by medical condition, there are certain types of records that must always be in a disability applicant’s file. And of all the medical evidence provided by doctors, details on the applicant’s functional limitations are the most important, and it’s most helpful when doctors record these limitations on a RFC (residual functional capacity) form.
Why does Social Security need my medical records?
The most important evidence that Social Security needs to evaluate your case is your medical records. Your medical records will establish what severe impairments you have and when they started. Also, your medical records may contain you doctor’s opinions as to how your impairments limit your ability to work.
How to obtain medical records for Social Security:
If you are represented by an attorney, he or she will obtain your medical records and submit them to social security.
If you need to obtain your records yourself, the best way to do this is to contact your doctor directly. There are numerous laws that allow you to access and get copies of your medical records. If a friend, family member or guardian is attempting to get your medical records, they will need a signed HIPAA compliant medical authorization to do this. While most medical record release authorizations contain the same basic information, some facilities have specialized releases that they may require you to fill out.
How to submit evidence to Social Security:
There are several ways to submit medical records and other evidence to social security. If you have a lawyer, he or she will do this for you. Most lawyers are able to submit medical records and other evidence.