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What evidence do I need to prove my disability?

As you probably already know, the Social Security Administration doesn’t just take your word for it that you have a disabling injury or condition that prevents you from working. Instead, you will need to provide medical evidence to back up your application for Social Security Disability benefits.

The medical evidence that you present in your claim can take many forms but mainly includes your medical records, both new and old, and statements from medical professionals as well as yourself.

The SSA is interested in your most recent medical records, which should generally not be more than six months old, but also your older medical records that can help show how your injury or condition has progressed over time.

Examples of medical evidence include medical reports that show your medical history, clinical findings, laboratory findings, diagnosis and treatment provided.

Additionally, you will need to include a statement detailing what you can and cannot do because of your disability. Ultimately, the SSA wants to know how your ability to perform work-related activities has been affected by your disability, such as your ability to stand, walk, lift, hear, speak, etc.

If the SSA determines that you have not provided enough medical evidence to support your claim your claim could be denied or you could be asked to supply additional documentation. The SSA may also have to ask your providers directly for additional evidence.

The bottom line is that if you provide adequate medical evidence supporting your claim when you originally apply for benefits, it is much more likely that the SSA will approve your claim faster, which leads to you getting the financial support you need more quickly.

An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can help you gather all of the information you need to help prove that you are disabled and are entitled to benefits. To find out how our Michigan firm may be able to help you with this, read more on our website.

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