A Brandon Social Security Lawyer on Medical Evidence and the Determination of Disability
The mere fact that a person can no longer work due to a disabling impairment does not necessarily qualify him or her for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a complex and often confusing system to evaluate whether a claimant meets its definition of disability. If the individual meets the SSA’s threshold eligibility requirements, a Brandon Social Security lawyer can explain that the medical evidence provides the primary basis for an approval or denial.
Records and Test Results
The medical history provided by the claimant on application and any results of examinations requested by the SSA provide an objective record upon which the SSA can evaluate a claim. According to SSA regulations, the medical history is used as evidence to establish:
The claimant must show a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that is expected to last for at least one year.
The SSA has established a list of conditions that it considers as disabling. If a claimant has one of the listed conditions and the condition meets the specific criteria as laid out in the SSA listings, that claimant will be considered disabled.
Meeting or Equaling a Listing
Each person’s medical condition is unique and often does not fit precisely with an SSA listing. In that case, medical records can be used to determine whether the claimant’s condition is comparable.
Residual Functional Capacity (RFC)
Few claimants are completely unable to perform any work-related tasks. The RFC is what the claimant is able to do in consideration of his or her impairment. Treatment Understanding the steps a claimant has taken to improve his or her condition and how any treatment has improved or failed to improve the condition helps the SSA makes its determination.
Contact a Brandon Social Security Lawyer for Legal Advice
The manner in which medical evidence is presented can have a major impact on the disability determination. For any questions or concerns regarding your disability case, call Garry W. Miracle, Esq. at (813) 655-3136.