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Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Oct 25, 2018 in Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability claims depend upon medical records to establish a claimant's injuries and health problems.  Keeping an accurate account of medical treatment received may be the difference between winning and losing a claim. The person seeking benefits has the burden of proof to establish a meritorious claim.  Unfortunately, many times when we speak to a potential client, they cannot tell us the medical providers seen.  Without this information, we cannot properly represent them nor can the claim be properly evaluated.

We recommend keeping track of all of your medical providers and appointments.  If you currently have a disability claim or are considering filing a claim, get a notebook.  The cheap spiral ones work fine.  Every time you go to the doctor, write down the date of the visit, the name of the doctor, the name of the practice, the address of the practice and the reason for the visit.  

If you are represented by an attorney, you can make a copy of this information which will greatly assist in obtaining medical records.  If unrepresented, you can provide the information to the Social Security Administration when a medical update is requested.

Having a complete medical record vastly increases your chances of a favorable decision.

If you have filed for disability and are unrepresented, give us a call for a free consultation to discuss your claim. 

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