Below is the evidence that Social Security considers in their decision:
Initial Application and Appeal Forms
Fill out your Initial Application and Appeal Forms
Such as the Work History Report and Function Report
See Medical Records section at bottom of page to ensure your medical records are thorough and accurate and to prepare for your Doctor’s Appointment
Provider Statements & Opinion Evidence
These statements can be submitted in the Provider Statements section below, or via a paper questionnaire to be created by your paralegal or attorney. If your provider prefers a paper questionnaire, please contact your representative.
Third Party Statements
Friends and family members can provide statements supporting your disability claim and advocating for the severity of your disabilities.
The testimony that the claimant, medical experts, and vocation experts give during the hearing.
The Official record that SSA & the IRS keeps of the money and number of work credits you have earned from work over your lifetime.
What Can You Do at Your Doctor’s Appointment?
Be honest — credibility is everything!
Continuously report symptoms; it doesn’t annoy them. That’s their job.
Insist doctors get imaging if you have symptoms of pain.
Follow your doctor’s instructions about care and treatment.
Ask your doctor if they would support disability, and tell us what they say.