Importance of Medical Records, Continuing Treatment, and Treatment Compliance at Social Security

Social Security Medical RecordsThe first step in any claim for Social Security disability is proving that you have an impairment that prevents you from sustaining gainful activity. To prove the existence of such an impairment, Social Security looks to your medical records, your doctor’s opinions of your capabilities, and then incorporates your testimony regarding the severity of the impairments when determining your eligibility for benefits. No matter how you feel or what you know your limitations to be, it is imperative that you have sought and received medical treatment that outlines an impairment that is causing your limitations.

It is also important for you to continue treatment during the application and appeal process and follow the recommendations of your treating physician or medical professional. Compliance with treatment over a long period of time bolsters the credibility of your application and proves to Social Security that your condition is long-lasting, severe, and disabling.

The path to a favorable outcome at Social Security can be long, as well as financially and physically challenging as the time wears on. For those reasons, it is important that you take advantage of any and all resources available to continue treatment during your application process. At Bailey and Galyen, our experienced staff can help you find resources available in your community that can provide medical care at reduced costs during this difficult time.

Bailey and Galyen can also provide your doctors with forms and questionnaires specifically designed to summarize the physical and mental limitations your impairments cause and bolster your chances of a favorable outcome.

If you are hurt and unable to work, it is crucial that you have hardworking experienced attorneys helping you navigate the complicated Social Security application process. Please contact us at Bailey and Galyen for a free disability evaluation.