What Is Important To My Social Security Disability Lawyer in Springfield MO
What is objective medical evidence and why is it important to my Disability case?
Any good disability lawyer will tell you that objective medical evidence is very important in your case. But what is objective medical evidence of an impairment in your record?
Objective medical evidence are tests that can be verified by a doctor – tests such as an MRI, CT scan, blood test, EKG, EEG nerve conduction, doppler study, etc that show severe problems.
Tests that allow doctors to see or measure a severe medical problem tend to get approved, while more subjective illnesses (such as fibromyalgia, CRPS, myofascial pain, PTSD) are increasingly more difficult to win.
My experience as a social security disability lawyer is that Social Security judges in Missouri and Arkansas are a lot more comfortable awarding claims where the medical problems can be identified objectively.
Obviously there are exceptions and some subjective impairments will be approved but those claims face an uphill battle. In today’s, disability world judges will not approve cases where a claims file contains very little in the way of medical records where records do not document a serious problem. Also, long gaps in treatment can have a devastating effect on your claim.
It does not matter that “there is nothing the doctor can do for me” or “I don’t have health insurance and cannot afford treatment.” You have to find a way to get regular treatment – if not, you are probably not going to be successful. Like it or not it is your responsibility to prove that you are disabled.