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3 evidentiary requirement tips for your SSD application

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is a difficult process. In addition to filing out a number of forms and attempting to correctly answer complex questions, evidence of your disability is also required. Those who are navigating through this process can benefit from having a basic understanding of some of the evidentiary requirements.

These three tips can help to better ensure that the evidence provided to support your claim is successful:

  • Provide acceptable sources. Not all sources will work. In order to qualify, the source must come from what the Social Security Administration (SSA) deems to be an "acceptable medical source." Examples include licensed physicians, psychologists, optometrists and podiatrists as well as qualified speech-language pathologists.
  • Make sure the medical report is complete. The SSA is looking for specific information within this report. Make sure your physician is including everything that is needed. This includes a full medical history, clinical findings, diagnosis, treatments and a description of the applicant's abilities. The description of abilities can include an explanation that the applicant cannot handle heavy objects or is unable to walk. It can also touch on mental functioning limitations, such as an inability to remember instructions.
  • Live like you are in a fishbowl. The SSA will investigate "all avenues presented that relate to the complaints" when making its determination. This means the agency can review any measures the applicant uses to relieve the symptoms or pain that has contributed to the request for benefits as well as the applicant's daily activities. As a result, it is wise to live like the SSA is taking note.

It is important to be aware of the fact that the SSA may request an additional examination if the agency determines that the evidence provided is insufficient. This is referred to as a consultative examination (CE). This may be conducted by your own physician or by an independent source as determined by the SSA.

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