As part of their representation of you, your disability lawyers in Michigan will want to receive all important medical records that pertain to your case. Medical records are essential to your case for many reasons, including the following.
Evidence of an Impairment
State agency employees cannot simply approve you for benefits based solely off of what you say. Instead, they must evaluate medical records in order to determine that you have a medically determinable impairment. This impairment is one that can be determined to exist by a doctor including physical or mental impairments which has lasted or will last more than a year. Additionally, the impairment must cause you to be unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity. Your medical records should be able to substantiate an impairment of this nature.
Evidence of Meeting or Equaling a Listing
Our disability lawyers in Michigan will also remind you that medical records can help substantiate that a medical impairment meets or equals a Listing. This is one step in the sequential evaluation process. If a claimant is found to meet or equal a Listing, he or she will be approved for Social Security disability benefits. If this occurs, the state agency employees rely only on a claimant’s medical records without having to delve further into activities of daily living. The Listing of Impairments provides a specific set of medical standards for a number of physical and mental impairments including the severity of the impairment the claimant must have in order to be considered disabled. If the medical records show either that the claimant meets one of the listings according to the medical standards or that your impairment is as serious as a listed condition, you will be approved for benefits.
Evidence of Symptoms
Our disability lawyers in Michigan will also remind you that if the claimant is not found to meet or equal a listing, he or she continues on the sequential evaluation process. The next assessment is whether the claimant cannot work due to the symptoms that he or she has and his or her residual functional capacity. The Social Security Administration only considers those symptoms that could reasonably result from a medically determinable impairment that the claimant suffers from. Medical records can help document symptoms.
Legal Assistance from Our Disability Lawyers in Michigan
If you would like more information on why your medical records are so essential, disability lawyers of Michigan like Marc J. Shefman may be able to help. Contact (888) 282-0719 to schedule a confidential consultation of your case.