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What Evidence Do I Need to Prove I Need Social Security Disability Benefits?

The reason we often stress to our clients in a Social Security Disability case the importance of medical treatment is because medical treatment offers proven documentation of disability.  In order to get benefits, clients must provide medical evidence of an impairment that is severe enough to prevent them from working.

How Does the Law Define Disability?
The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

A medically determinable physical or mental impairment is an impairment that results from "anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities, which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. The medical evidence must establish a physical or mental impairment consisting of signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings - not only by the individual's statement of symptoms." This means that just because you tell someone what hurts or what problems you have is not enough - you need to show medical proof.

Medical Documentation Offers Proof
Medical treatment and the treating doctor's documentation of that treatment are essential in a Social Security Disability case. It is the cornerstone of the process. When you apply for Social Security Disability, you are required to provide medical evidence of a severe physical or psychological impairment that affects your ability to work. Each impairment must be documented and evaluated separately. If you do not have medical evidence (in other words, if you don't go to the doctor), there is essentially no proof that you have a disabling impairment.

And it's not enough if you were diagnosed with something years ago and the doctor told you there was "nothing that could be done to cure you." If you have an ongoing condition, your medical treatment must be ongoing too. Otherwise, there's no medical evidence supporting that you continue to be disabled.  Ongoing medical records documenting that you are treating your condition under a doctor's care helps fortify your disability claim.

Even if you do not have medical insurance or money to pay for care, you must seek medical treatment. Some options to consider are to try to obtain charity care at your local hospital or medical provider. Many communities also have free or low-cost options available for medical treatment. For health care resources in your community click here.

North Carolina Social Security Disability Attorneys
A highly trained and knowledgeable Social Security Disability team should be able to help you determine what kind of ongoing care you need to try to prove your claim, or if your documentation is sufficient. Several of our staff members have more than ten years of Social Security Disability experience, including many years with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Disability Determination Services division. Rick Fleming, one of our Social Security Disability lawyers is a NC Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. Only 51 attorneys out of 28,000 in North Carolina can claim this specialized designation in Social Security Disability law*.

Contact us or call 1-866-900-7078 today to find out how the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you fight for Social Security Disability benefits.

* North Carolina State Bar, December 31, 2015

Mr. Fleming joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2002. He became a shareholder at the Firm in 2008 and currently heads the Social Security Department. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

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5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
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280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
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Fayetteville, NC 28304
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Charlotte, NC 28203
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New Bern, NC 28562
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702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
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Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
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214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
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514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
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3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
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703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
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2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
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Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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