How Does the SSA Evaluate Medical Opinions for SSDI?

How Does the SSA Evaluate Medical Opinions for SSDI?

Suffering from a disability or a disease that makes it impossible to sustain any type of gainful employment is a difficult position to be in. If you were working and then you were injured or you were diagnosed with a devastating disease condition, you may have to leave your job because of your condition. When you are unable to work, there are programs that the government makes available as a safety net to help. Social Security Disability is one of them.

When you find yourself in a tough predicament like being unable to work due to a health condition, and you decide to pursue an SSDI claim, working with an attorney from the start is a good idea. The overwhelming majority of initial SSDI claims are rejected even when the claimant has a legitimate health problem that warrants assistance. 

Many times, it comes down to how the claim was filed, how the paperwork was filled out, and what supporting documentation was included. An experienced SSDI attorney will know how to assemble a strong and ample claim correctly which increases a claimant’s chances of getting benefits sooner. If you live in Texas, Brad Thomas is a Plano SSDI attorney who understands the SSDI system and how to support claimants with getting their much-needed SSDI benefits.

How Does the SSA Assess Medical Opinions?

How Does the SSA Evaluate Medical Opinions for SSDIWhen submitting a claim for SSDI the Social Security Administration will scrutinize the application, including the medical opinions which are necessary to be awarded benefits. If you have a specific condition that limits your ability to be professionally productive and earn a living, you will need to see a specialist that has expertise in the condition you suffer from.  Potentially, it may be necessary to see more than one medical professional for an examination. 

For example, if you suffered an injury accident that resulted in hearing loss and the inability to hear is so severe, it prevents you from working you would likely want to see an audiologist. Audiologists can professionally diagnose, treat, and help patients manage issues related to hearing and even resulting balance problems. This medical professional will be able to look at your health history and your current health status. Then a determination will be made as to if you can be treated and recover from your hearing issues or if you cannot, then what type of audiology care will be necessary.

It isn’t enough just to have a medical professional provide an opinion. Supporting documentation that leads them to the opinion also are needed. For example, you may have had blood work done or other tests that show your condition is valid. Then, it is necessary for that medical professional’s opinion, based on the evidence, to be in line with what any other medical professional in the same discipline would also conclude.

In addition, the SSA will look at the history of treatment a person had for their condition. If a person was seeing a doctor regularly for treatment or therapies, this too can help support the establishment of a relevant health disorder. If all the data supports the claimant’s need for SSDI, they are likely to be granted benefits.

Speak to a Plano SSDI Attorney Today

It is necessary to have the most persuasive medical supporting information possible to show that your health problem exists and is qualified for SSDI. If you are appealing a denial of SSDI or if you are just starting the application process, call the Plano SSDI lawyer at Brad Thomas Law Office today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case at (972) 863-2367.