Pennsylvania residents do not need include medical records when sending in an application for Social Security Disability benefits. However, they can be a useful tool in helping to get it approved. An examiner will look for as much objective evidence as possible that shows a condition makes it impossible to perform even simple tasks. It may be a good idea to seek treatment because a doctor may be able to take notes and include them in an applicant's file.
These notes can speak to how debilitating a physical or mental condition is. Examples of objective information include breathing tests, blood tests and counseling notes. It is important to know that only records from qualified medical sources can be reviewed by an examiner. Generally speaking, a doctor, speech therapist, or podiatrist are considered qualified sources. However, a chiropractor is generally not considered a qualified source. Examiners may review objective evidence from such a source if those records exist.
If a person has no medical records that are less than 90 days old, it may be necessary to go through a consultative examination. This gives an examiner a basis to approve or deny an application. In many cases, it does not provide an accurate picture of a person's condition, which means that it could result in application being denied.
Applying for and then receiving SSD benefits may make it possible for an individual to make ends meet financially. An attorney may be able to help a person obtain evidence needed to have an application approved or take steps to file an appeal.