In the paragraphs below, an experienced Ocala Social Security disability law office attorney explains the importance of your treatment history.
Role of Your Medical Records
Medical records document everything you have done in your efforts to cure or improve your condition. They document your symptoms, what your physicians have prescribed or done, your compliance with their instructions and the results of treatment. They also provide documentation for your Ocala Social Security disability lawyer and the ALJ of the existence and severity of the condition that your claim cites as rendering you unable to work.
Current and Complete Medical Records
You can contribute to the accuracy and completeness of your medical records by implementing the following suggestions:
- Consult a physician. Your medical records start with your treating doctor. If medical care is beyond your means financially, find out if you qualify for Medicaid or another social program that can help you. You might also have access to a free clinic;
- Be completely open with your doctor. Make sure your statements to your doctor are consistent and comprehensive. Your medical records should back up your claim that your condition prevents you from working, and this should be reflected in the documentation; and
- Avoid missing appointments and do not neglect or ignore your physician’s instructions. If you refuse to take your medication, go to therapy or obey any other of your doctor’s directions, it is unlikely that the SSA will place much reliance on your claims that your symptoms are very debilitating. Further, if you don’t follow the advice that is intended to make you well, they can refuse your claim.
Don’t Take a Chance
The disability attorneys at your Ocala Social Security disability law office can provide you with valuable advice on how to enhance the effectiveness of your medical records as you build your treatment history. Call the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC at 352.304.5300 today.