You are not the only party that must provide information for your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits application. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will also ask for your medical provider to offer information, such as when your medical condition came about. Continue reading to learn how to prove the onset of your medical condition and how an experienced New Jersey SSDI attorney at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur can walk you through this process.

How do I prove the onset of my medical condition?

If you believe that you have a certain medical condition that is surfacing, then you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. This will allow your medical provider to supply the SSA with their expert medical opinion regarding the onset of your medical condition and its eligibility for SSDI benefits. With the date of onset, your medical provider may also provide the dates of your medical examinations, lab tests, surgeries, and other treatment plans.

The sooner you receive a diagnosis from your medical provider, the better. In a similar sense, it is beneficial for your application if you receive treatment for your medical condition right away. This is because waiting a year or more to receive a diagnosis or a treatment plan may raise suspicions with the SSA. For example, they may have the suspicion that your medical condition may not be as severe or debilitating as you make it seem on your application if you were able to live with it for so long.

How do I prove my medical condition qualifies for SSDI benefits?

Before all else, you must claim that you have a certain physical or mental condition that qualifies for SSDI benefits. Examples of both are as follows:

  • Eligible physical conditions:
    • Certain types of cancer.
    • Traumatic brain injuries.
    • Spinal cord and/or orthopedic injuries.
    • Inflammatory arthritis.
    • Autoimmune disorder.
    • Multiple sclerosis.
    • Ehlers Danlos.
    • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.
  • Eligible mental conditions:
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder.
    • Autism spectrum disorder.
    • Early-onset dementia.
    • Learning and/or cognitive disorders.

Once you also prove the onset date of your certain physical or mental condition, you and your medical provider must give the SSA supplemental information with your application. Such information includes the following:

  • You must provide information for your nonmedical criteria (i.e., age, employment, marital status, citizenship and residency, and Social Security coverage information).
  • Your doctor must detail the severity of your medical condition.
  • You and your doctor must explain how your medical condition affects your capacity to engage in your past work.
  • You and your doctor must explain how your medical condition affects your capacity to engage in other lines of work.

For more information regarding your SSDI application, contact a skilled New Jersey SSDI attorney today. We await your phone call.