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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

When you’re living with a serious medical condition like Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) in Florida, maintaining a job can become increasingly challenging. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are programs designed to help individuals like you who are unable to work due to health issues. However, receiving these benefits requires a meticulous application process that often hinges on one crucial aspect: supporting documentation.

In this blog post, presented by Disability Advocates Group, we’ll explore the significant impact of consistent and thorough supporting documentation on your SSDI or SSI case for CAD. We’ll discuss why it matters, what type of documentation is essential, and how to ensure your application reflects the true extent of your condition.

The Critical Role of Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation serves as the backbone of your SSDI or SSI application. It’s the evidence that substantiates your claim, proving that your CAD limits your ability to work and maintain gainful employment. This documentation, when consistent and comprehensive, can be the difference between approval and denial.

What Consistent Documentation Includes

  1. Medical Records: Accurate and up-to-date medical records are essential. These records should contain a clear diagnosis of CAD, details of treatment plans, medications, and the results of tests such as electrocardiograms (ECGs), stress tests, angiograms, or cardiac catheterizations.
  2. Statements from Healthcare Providers: Letters or statements from your treating physicians can be highly influential. They can provide professional opinions regarding your condition, prognosis, and the specific limitations you experience due to CAD.
  3. Functional Limitation Assessments: These assessments, which can be provided by your medical team, should describe the physical and cognitive limitations CAD imposes on you. They help establish how your condition affects your ability to perform tasks required for gainful employment.
  4. Hospitalization Records: If you’ve been hospitalized for CAD or related complications, include these records. They demonstrate the severity of your condition.
  5. Prescription Records: Maintain a record of medications prescribed for CAD, as this can help illustrate the extent of your condition.
  6. Longitudinal Evidence: Providing consistent documentation over time is crucial. It shows that your condition isn’t improving and is expected to persist for at least one year or result in death.

How to Ensure Consistency in Your Documentation

  1. Regular Medical Visits: Make and keep regular appointments with your healthcare providers to ensure that your medical records remain current and accurate.
  2. Clear Communication: Effectively communicate with your healthcare providers, ensuring they understand your symptoms and limitations, and that this information is well-documented.
  3. Comprehensive Documentation: Don’t leave any aspect of your condition undocumented. Be sure your medical records reflect the full scope of your CAD and its impact on your daily life.
  4. Cooperation with Your Medical Team: When you apply for SSDI or SSI, your healthcare providers may need to provide statements or fill out specific forms. Ensure they are willing to do so, as their cooperation is invaluable.

Consistent and thorough supporting documentation plays an indispensable role in the success of your SSDI or SSI application for CAD. By ensuring that your records, statements, and assessments are up-to-date, comprehensive, and accurate, you maximize your chances of receiving the benefits you need to maintain your quality of life.

Navigating the SSDI and SSI application process can be complex, but you don’t have to do it alone. At Disability Advocates Group, our experienced attorneys can guide you through every step, ensuring your application is strong and convincing. Contact us today to discuss your CAD case and let us help you secure the benefits you deserve.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.