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3 types of records you will need for your SSD application

disability-appeal-150x150.pngSocial Security Disability benefits are only available to people who suffer from disabling conditions that preclude any form of gainful employment. As any Tennessee SSD attorney could confirm, people seeking SSD benefits must provide extensive documentation to prove they meet these criteria. The Social Security Administration specifically requires all of the following records to support an application for SSD benefits.

Medical documentation

Medical records play a critical role in proving a claimant suffers from a legitimately disabling condition. The SSA requires current records from acceptable medical sources, such as licensed physicians. Applicants also must provide documentation of their full medical history, including past treatments and ongoing medication use. People afflicted with multiple impairments should offer medical evidence of all of those impairments.

In addition to objective evidence, medical documentation usually must include subjective assessments. A treating physician can provide a statement regarding an applicant's prognosis and functional limitations. Applicants must also complete an "Adult Disability Report" form. This form offers information about the applicant's recent medical history and other factors that help determine eligibility for SSD benefits.

Work history

If an applicant's medical condition is not automatically considered disabling, the SSA evaluates whether the applicant can work gainfully. As any Tennessee SSD attorney could explain, this evaluation is based partly on the applicant's vocational experience and skills. The SSA will not award benefits to people who appear capable of resuming past work or adapting to new work. Consequently, applicants must thoroughly document their vocational backgrounds.

The Adult Disability Report form, which is submitted with the SSD application, asks applicants about their work history. Applicants must describe the following aspects of recently held jobs:

  • Typical hours and scheduling
  • Use of technical skills or specialized tools
  • Exertional and non-exertional demands
  • Leadership responsibilities

To support the information given in the report, applicants should provide contact information for past supervisors or managers. Official records of hiring terms, job duties or performance evaluations can also support an applicant's assertions.

Educational background

Finally, people applying for SSD benefits should provide records documenting their level of education. This is another factor the SSA considers when weighing whether a person could reasonably pursue new work. As a Tennessee SSD attorney understands, people with limited education may be more likely to receive SSD benefits. The SSA recognizes that low educational levels can restrict a person's job opportunities.

SSD applicants can document their educational backgrounds with official records or transcripts from the institutions they last attended. People with learning disabilities or limited use of English language may benefit from documenting how those conditions affected their educations. The SSA may then consider how these factors may have limited a person's past education and current job prospects.

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