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DT2 How to request medical records on your Social Security disability case.

Whether you are trying to get Social Security disability benefits without a lawyer or working with an attorney, you may have to get your own medical records. Episode 2 of Disability Tips walks you through how to get your records … Continue reading

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Is there a perfect recipe for a Social Security disability case?

I had a great back and forth discussion with one of my readers in the comments about how different evidence affects a Social Security disability case. Here is part of the comment: If you go to a mental health clinic … Continue reading

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My Social Security file is missing records

Let’s say you are reviewing your Social Security exhibit file before your disability hearing and you discover that some of your doctor’s (or other records) are not there. I have mentioned before that it is not unusual for the medical … Continue reading

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Reviewing your Social Security exhibit file – Part 1: Medical Records

How do you begin to review your Social Security exhibit file? Here is a quick guide to finding the really important parts. Start with the “F” section to review the medical records. If you do not review anything else in … Continue reading

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Things to watch out for if your case is moved to a new hearing office

I previously wrote about how Social Security may move a case from one hearing office (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review – ODAR) to another to try to ease case congestion and speed up processing. Usually, there is nothing to worry … Continue reading

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When should I apply for Social Security disability benefits?

Are you struggling with working because of physical or psychological impairments?  Have you stopped working because you just could no longer do the job? You may be going back and forth on whether to apply for Social Security: Maybe I … Continue reading

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Social Security disability tip: how to get your medical records for free!

If you request medical records from a doctor or hospital in Colorado, the maximum you can be charged is set by 6 C.C.R 1011-1, Chapter 2, Part 5.2.3.4. In 2008, the maximum price for medical records is “not to exceed $16.50 for … Continue reading

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Cost of Medical Records Increases More Than 36 Percent!

The State of Colorado has allowed medical records copiers to increase the prices they charge to provide your medical records. Medical records are one of the foundations of a Social Security case. The main way you establish the existence and … Continue reading

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How to read medical records in a Social Security case

Whether you are working with a lawyer or are trying to get Social Security disability / Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits on your own, you will probably be reading medical records at some point. Here is a quick primer on … Continue reading

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The one element missing in most Social Security cases: a medical opinion of limitations

To be found disabled, generally you have to show that you are unable to perform some type of full-time work. This is a simplification of the Social Security disability standard, but it is sufficient for this article. The most common problem in … Continue reading

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How To Get Your Social Security Medical Records – Part 4

So, how much is it going to cost me to get my medical records? The cost of obtaining medical records differs from state to state. In Colorado, where my practice is located, doctors’ offices are supposed to charge no more … Continue reading

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How To Get Your Social Security Medical Records – Part 3

How do you get your medical records?  In Colorado, anyone over the age of 18 can get a copy of their medical records by making a written request to their doctor’s office. If you have only one doctor, or just … Continue reading

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How To Get Your Social Security Medical Records – Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about some of the reasons why Social Security may not get all your relevant medical records. Here is the real kicker: you often only find out what records Social Security has obtained in the denial … Continue reading

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How To Get Your Social Security Medical Records – Part 1

If you just filed for benefits, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to improve your chances of being approved? Yes! Get your medical records! Why should I get my own records? Social Security is supposed … Continue reading

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