When you apply to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, prepare to include your complete medical records.
Sending along as much information as possible to support your claim will help shorten the time it takes for the SSA review.
About your impairment
The SSA wants confirmation that your physical or mental disability prevents you from working for a year. They want “objective medical evidence” that proves your impairment aligns with their definition of “disabled.” If you give your permission, the SSA can collect your medical records from healthcare providers. However, gathering this information yourself will save considerable time and you can ensure that all the documentation about your impairment is available to back up your application for SSD benefits.
The Physical Residual Functional Capacity form
To further support your claim for benefits, your doctor or naturopath can sign the Physical RFC form. Accompanying documents should include a letter from the doctor with your diagnosis, onset date of your disability and an explanation as to how it limits your ability to work. You should also include assessment notes if you use medical equipment such as a wheelchair or crutches.
The Mental Residual Functional Capacity form
Your psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor or therapist can sign this form. Include files from your vocational rehabilitation program and the assessment from a caseworker regarding how well you function. Include also, any IQ test results or psychiatric evaluations.
Remember to include any x-ray or blood test results as well as prescription drug records, available from your pharmacist. The more information you can provide to the SSA, the better your chances for that agency to approve your claim for SSDI benefits.