Dealing with Accident Recovery: Tips and Strategies for the Injured

Hi! My name is Sam, and I started this blog to help other injured people. Before you start reading, let me tell you a little about myself. Ten years ago, I slipped on a slice of fruit in a grocery store. My leg slid out from under me, and in a freak twist, it was rendered useless. I could no longer work and struggled with intense pain every day. Luckily, I found an accident and injury attorney who was able to get me the compensation I needed to cover my medical bills and my lost time at work. However, while I waited for the settlement to come through, I had to get creative physically and financially. This blog is dedicated to anyone who is in that limbo position. I hope the posts here help you decide what to do while you wait for the results of your trial.

How You Can Help Create A Concise Medical Record For Your Disability Claim


For a Social Security Disability claim, you must submit your medical records for your application to be processed. However, it is very important that the records be accurate and all-inclusive. Even a seemingly minor problem with these records can jeopardize a claim for disability and lead to a denial. It is important that you ensure your physician team provides records that are complete. Here are some things you can do to work with your medical team to ensure this process is followed.

Create a Cause and Effect

Ensure that your healthcare provider creates a cause and effect. The Social Security Administration does not just want to see the symptoms or effects. They want a clear idea of the condition that caused these symptoms to ensure it is a disability-approved condition. 

If there is no valid cause behind your disability in the record, it leaves room for a disability claim to be denied. An unclear cause and effect link will also make it harder for an attorney to establish a basis on which to support your claim.

Perform a Reenactment

The person that reviews your medical records will also look for a verification that your physician has had the opportunity to witness the symptoms that you say you experience; not that they have just taken your word. 

To ensure this information is included, volunteer to perform whatever movement prompts your discomfort or to physically show the provider your limited ability to function, such as if you are unable to bend over. Performing a reenactment in the presence of the doctor makes him or her a witness to your condition and includes the information in your record.

Ensure all Records are Notated

When a representative from the Social Security Administration reviews your claim, they can only go by what they see. They cannot speculate about what the physician may have or may not have said. For this reason, it is critical you have the doctor include all the information they share with you in the record. 

For example, if the doctor told you that you could not stand for more than 4 hours a day, this information must be included in the notes, especially if the information is critical to your ability to work. The more accurate the doctor's notes, the easier it is for your attorney to argue on your behalf.

To help ensure you do not make a costly mistake with your medical records do not hesitate to allow a social security attorney to assist you with the disability claim process. 


16 July 2020