Cardiovascular issues are a prevalent in people in Missouri and across the U.S. These health conditions and illnesses can prevent them from being able to work a normal job with sufficient income to support themselves. It can also be time-consuming and costly to receive medical treatment. For those suffering from heart disease and similar cardiovascular illnesses, Social Security disability benefits might be available to help them. However, it is important to understand what information the Social Security Administration will want when determining whether to declare a person disabled or not. Documentation of the cardiovascular impairment is critical to a disability claim.
The SSA needs detailed reports with the applicant’s history, physical examinations he or she had, lab studies, and treatment that was prescribed. This lets the SSA gauge how severe the issue is and how long it will last. It will also need a longitudinal clinical record (information from a long period of time) for a minimum of three months. This is not applicable if the determination or decision can be made based on the current available evidence.
The longitudinal record is important because it helps determine how severe the condition is and the duration for which the problems will last. For those who have not received ongoing medical treatment, there will likely not be longitudinal evidence available. The SSA will then use medical evidence that is current and objective and any other evidence that it has. Those who have not gotten treatment will not be able to show an impairment that will meet the criteria to get SSD. It is still possible to be deemed disabled if there are other impairments and they equal one of the Listing of Impairments. The SSA could use a consultative examination to help with its determination without longitudinal evidence.
An understated key to getting SSD benefits for cardiovascular issues is the long-term evidence of the illness or condition impacting the applicant. When applying for disability benefits, this is a vital part of the process. For those who have questions or concerns about SSD benefits, having legal help is a must. A law firm that is experienced in helping people with a wide range of Social Security disability claims can be of assistance with any situation and should be called for a consultation when applying or after having been denied SSD.