What is the most important part of a disability claim?

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2023 | Social Security Disability

All parts of a disability claim are important, and it’s critical to pay attention to the details. Many claims are denied because of paperwork mistakes and things of this nature. Taking the time to ensure that the documentation is flawless goes a long way toward increasing the odds that that claim is going to be accepted.

That being said, the thing that is most important to your claim is producing the proper medical evidence. As the Social Security Administration (SSA) states: “Medical evidence is the cornerstone of the disability determination.” Nothing is more important than this.

What medical evidence can prove

The reason that medical evidence is so important is that it relates to numerous different parts of the case. For one thing, someone applying for disability benefits needs to meet the definition of disability set by the SSA. This requires that the disability last for at least a year. Medical evidence can show how severe the disability is and how long doctors believe it is going to last. You’re not making the claim on your own when a doctor confirms your position. 

Additionally, making a claim requires you to show that the disability prevents you from working. Medical evidence, once again, can show the seriousness of the injury, the specific way that it limits your ability to work and things of this nature. For instance, a brain injury may limit cognitive abilities, while a spinal cord injury may limit motor skills. Either one could keep you from working, but the medical evidence shows exactly why. 

If you are seeking disability benefits, be sure that you are well aware of the steps you can take to put yourself in the best possible position.