SUBMITTING NEW EVIDENCE IN YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CASE
(20 C.F.R. 405.331)
The foundation for any successful Social Security disability claim is supporting medical records. Under Social Security’s regulations, you should submit any new evidence you have to support your claim when you file your request for hearing. Unfortunately, many months usually pass between when you file your appeal and when your hearing takes place. It is important that all of the medical records for any doctors or hospital visits during that time are submitted to the Administrative Law Judge. However, according to the regulations, you should submit these records at least five business days before the date of your scheduled hearing. If you miss this deadline, the Judge can choose not to consider these records. That means that it is extremely important that you keep track of where and when you have been to the doctor and that you order the records from your doctor’s office in plenty of time to submit the records before your hearing.
Oftentimes, ordering medical records may be confusing and costly. Doctor’s offices and hospitals charge search fees and copy fees. An experienced disability attorney here at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. can help you order your records and get them submitted to the Administrative Law Judge. We’ll cover the cost up front, and you only have to pay those costs if we win your case. Call us today at 251-343-1111 to let us help develop your Social Security disability claim.