Claimants likely understand the necessity to provide complete medical records to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order for its determination of disability; yet equally important is the manner in which the medical records are submitted. An Augusta disability lawyer can help ensure your application is complete and help you with any matters that arise related to your claim.
Providing Medical Reports in Preparation for a Disability Hearing
Generally speaking, a claimant does not need to provide any medical reports or records to his or her Augusta disability attorney. There are, however, some exceptions:
- The claimant should deliver whatever medical records as specifically requested by the claimant’s Augusta disability lawyer
- The claimant should forward any medical reports that are sent directly to the claimant, such as a disability form completed by the claimant’s treating physician
Medical Forms Requested by the SSA in Preparation for a Disability Hearing
In some cases, the judge will send a claimant a form that is to be completed by the claimant’s doctor. If so, the claimant should immediately contact his or her Augusta disability lawyer. The specifics of the form and the information requested will determine the course of action. Your Augusta disability attorney may need to see the actual form.
Providing Information Directly to the Judge
Generally speaking, a claimant should never provide anything to the judge in their SSA disability hearing without first contacting their Augusta disability lawyer. One exception is the Notice of Hearing.
Notice of Hearing
This Notice is sent directly to the claimant and has as its purpose:
- A reminder to the claimant of the date of hearing
- A form to be returned by the claimant, the Acknowledgement of Notice of Hearing, which indicates the claimant will be present at the appointed day and time
This Acknowledgement may be returned directly to the judge by the claimant.
The judge may send the claimant forms requesting recent treatment not contained in the medical records. If so, the claimant should fill them out accurately and completely and send them to their Augusta disability lawyer, who will in turn send them to the judge.
Contact an Augusta Disability Attorney for Legal Advice
A primary factor in achieving a positive disability determination result is in understanding how the system works. Be sure you have experience on your side. Call an Augusta disability lawyer at Wilkinson & Magruder: 706-737-0771.