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Chico SSDI Attorney: Don’t Expect Medical Records to “Speak for Themselves”


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7/3/2013
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Let’s face it: jumping through all of the SSA’s hoops in completing an application for Social Security disability benefits is exhausting. 

Once you’ve put weeks into building a compelling case for California disability court, the last thing you want to hear is that you might need to pay your doctor so he or she will complete yet another form. Considering that this form isn’t even a required part of your initial filing, you may be tempted to just let your medical records “speak for themselves.”

The form we’re talking about is the RFC form. RFC is short for Residual Functional Capacity. It serves as a sort of “tour guide” through your medical records. Basically, it walks the ALJ and disability examiner through your medical history and unambiguously explains, point by point, how your limitations make it impossible for you to maintain employment.

The RFC form is important to your case. If you don’t include one completed by your physician, a medical consultant at Disability Determination Services (DDS) will fill one out by reviewing your medical records. Inevitably, they will miss critical details or not make a connection that could decide your case.

While the legal professionals evaluating your case have a great deal of experience with SSDI applications and appeals, they aren’t physicians. Interpreting your medical records is out of their scope. That’s why the SSA is required to give RFC statements from your treating physician more weight than those from DDS.

Take control of your SSDI claim by talking with a compassionate North Valley disability attorney. Contact the Ledgerwood Law Group today at 888-761-7383 to schedule a no-cost consultation today.



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