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What is acceptable medical evidence for determining SSDI?

Everyone in Tennessee lives different lives unique to their specific situation. There are many aspects that affect one’s life and how they live it. This could be the type of job they have and what they can afford based on their income. A person’s upbringing also has an effect on how they make decisions and whether they suffer from any type of disadvantage. One’s personal health can also have a dramatic impact on his or her life. Those with major illnesses or injuries may have a tougher time doing many things others take for granted.

One of the things that many individuals take for granted is the ability to work and earn an income. Those with illnesses and injuries that are serious enough may not be able to work, though. This obviously makes it very difficult to earn an income and support themselves financially. However, these individuals may be able to receive social security disability (SSDI) benefits. Although these benefits may provide a significant amount of financial relief, one must meet certain federal requirements before they can be obtained. In order to receive these benefits, a disabled individual must apply for them and provide acceptable medical evidence that they are in fact disabled.

This medical evidence must come from an acceptable medical source. These sources include, but are not limited to, licensed physicians, psychologists, optometrists, podiatrists, speech pathologists, audiologists, and other licensed medical professionals who can diagnose the person’s disability. These medical sources must provide objective medical evidence obtained through acceptable medical practices used for diagnosing in their respective fields, as well as laboratory results.

Many people may be able to obtain SSDI benefits, but they need to go through what can be a very complicated process. It can also be very time consuming to gather necessary medical evidence needed to prove they are in fact disabled, and the weight of that medical evidence may be drawn into question. Experienced attorneys understand the process and may be able to guide one through it so that they can present the best arguments possible to support their position.

Source: Social Security Administration, “Code of Federal Regulations § 404.1502. Definitions for this subpart” accessed on April 16, 2018

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