Our disability lawyers in Michigan are often asked about the process that evaluators use in determining the nature and severity of claimants’ impairments. They can explain that this is often completed by carefully reviewing medical information. Some of the information that evaluators look for includes:
Onset of a Condition
Our disability attorneys of Michigan often emphasize that the onset date of a condition is an important one. This information may be included in your medical records.
Description of Condition and Symptoms
The location of symptoms, precipitating factors, severity, and aggravating factors are also important for disability lawyers in Michigan to be aware of, as well as state agency employees. This is particularly important if pain is one of the symptoms that you experience. Having clear documentation of your pain that is chronicled for a significant period of time before your application for disability benefits can help lend credibility to your allegations of pain.
Progression Over Time
Evaluators will also look to how the impairment has changed over time. They look at whether there are any mitigating or aggravating factors.
Explanation of Effect
A judge or evaluator may compare the information in your medical records with other statements that you have made. For example, you may have described to your doctor how your medical condition is affecting your daily activities to your doctor. The judge or evaluator may compare these statements with the statements you have made on other documentation submitted to the Social Security Administration.
Our disability lawyers in Michigan often remind our clients that a claim is usually bolstered when it can clearly be shown that the claimant has attempted to seek medical treatment for his or her symptoms including pain and to follow the prescribed form of treatment. It also helps build credibility around allegations regarding pain. Medical records often demonstrate this attempt by showing that the claimant has increased use of medication, tried different types of medicine, gone to referrals to specialists or changed doctors. However, if the claimant’s complaints of pain are greater than his or her attempts to reduce this pain by taking some of these steps or if the claimant does not follow the doctor’s orders, the claim is usually weaker than others on this subject.
Legal Assistance from Our Disability Lawyers in Michigan
For more information on how your symptoms are evaluated, contact disability attorneys of Michigan from Marc J. Shefman. Call (888) 282-0719 to schedule a confidential evaluation.