Two Important Factors About Medical Opinions for SSDI

Two Important Factors About Medical Opinions for SSDI

Out of all the Social Security Disability claims that the Social Security Administration receives every year, only about 35% of them are approved for SSDI benefits. This means that more than 60% of claims are denied.

The SSA will be looking over every aspect of a person’s claim. If the paperwork is not filled out correctly or if there is no substantial evidence to show that a true disability exists which keeps a person from being able to engage in gainful employment for at least 12 months or longer, or will result in death a claim is not going to be accepted.

Getting SSDI upon the initial application is a task most claimants find quite difficult. It is natural to feel distressed and frustrated over a denial but the course of action is not to file a whole new claim. It is much better to file an appeal. The reassuring news is that when a claimant is initially denied but files an appeal, they have a higher probability of having their appeal accepted than they did when they submitted their original application.

For more information about receiving SSDI benefits contact the Plano SSDI lawyer at Brad Thomas Law Office.

The Importance of Medical Opinions for SSDI Benefits

2 Important Factors About Medical Opinions for SSDIWhile the medical notes, appointment history, and other supporting documentation of a personal medical professional can help prove a serious debilitating injury or illness exists this may not be the only medical feedback the SSA will need to approve a claim. It is possible for the SSA to require that a claimant be seen by an independent medical provider.

The medical information supplied to the SSA by a claimant must have been done by a relevant and qualified professional that has specific knowledge of the condition at hand. For example, if a foot injury is evaluated by an internal medicine professional this information may not suffice. But if there is feedback that comes from a podiatrist, this is more appropriate and fitting.

The SSA is going to look at all medical information and opinions with two main considerations being:

  1. How relevant the medical information is that the appropriate medical professional with the associated background was to help them come to their conclusions. Lab results, X-rays, and MRIs are examples.
  2. Consistent medical opinions that align with other professionals’ findings with the same area of expertise and practice.

It is important that not only should medical opinions be provided by a qualified medical practitioner, but also that they have relevant supporting evidence and tests which can explain how and why the opinion was reached. Also, when the opinions are reasonable and sound when compared to what other medical professionals would determine, this too is very important. When opinions vary but are well-documented the SSA will dive in further to examine other aspects to figure out which opinions are most appropriate.

Speak to a Plano SSDI Attorney Today

If you have questions with the SSDI system and process or would like assistance with your claim, Brad Thomas is a Plano SSDI attorney that can help. To schedule a free consultation with Brad Thomas Law, please call (972) 863-2367.