Evidence That Helps Decide Social Security Disability Claims

by Staff | August 1st, 2014

Every day, thousands of Americans suffer injuries or are diagnosed with health conditions that leave them unable to work. Social Security Disability benefits may be an option for many of these individuals, but the getting claims approved can be difficult. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies as many as 60 percent of initial claims they receive.

This leaves many disabled citizens questioning how to get Social Security Disability benefits. Many experts agree that you must first have an understanding of what the SSA uses to make case determinations. The agency outlines the evidentiary requirements for claims, and there are two clearly defined parts that help them reach decisions on claims.

First, claimants must produce evidence proving the existence of a disability, such as a diagnosis from a licensed physician or doctor must be included. Second, medical evidence from treating sources must also be submitted with the prognosis. Other evidence is also often considered, such as records from schools, employers, and social workers.

If sufficient evidence is submitted, claimants will then undergo a consultative examination.

Having a Social Security Disability lawyer examine all of the documentation you have gathered regarding your disability prior to submitting it to the SSA will also significantly help your chances of having your claim approved.

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