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Why Medical Records Are So Important For Social Security Disability Claims

ken-hardisonIt is vital that a person who is seeking disability benefits keep sound medical records. This is where the rubber meets the road so to speak. For an example of why this step is so important, read the following hypothetical situations:

JERRY
Jerry approaches you and says that he owns two cars, a house and works at a landscaping company. When asked to prove all these claims he only tells you where he bought the cars, where his house is located and what his job duties are at his company. He refuses to show you any kind of tangible evidence that back up his claims.

ROBERT
Robert appraoches you and says that he owns two cars, a house and works at a landscaping company. When asked to prove all these claims he provides you with the titles to the cars, deed to the house and check stubs from his employer. He then shows you identification to make sure the name on all the documents match up.

jonathan-blairHere is variable about this hypothetical situation, both Jerry and Robert are telling the truth. They both own all these things and live in these houses and have jobs where they say they do, but if both approached you which one would you be more willing to believe?

This is the same way Social Security Disability works. If a person makes a claim that they are disabled, they will need records to back it up. Where a person who claims to have a car can show you the title, a person who claims to have a disability can show a documented history of their doctors’ expert opinion. It may be two different claims, but the principal remains the same. You must have backing evidence of your claim.

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