California residents whose application and reconsideration appeal for Supplemental Social Security Income or Social Security Disability benefits have been denied should file a second appeal. During the second appeal, the applicant will request a disability hearing.
At the hearing, it is important to have proof to back the claim for the benefits. While the medical documentation should have at least a few months’ worth of medical treatment history, it is recommended that claimants submit evidence that verifies the date their disability began. The onset date is particularly important as it factors significantly in determining how much disability back pay claimants may receive.
Current medical records, which are those that are no more than 90 days old, will be needed in addition to the older records. The current records should be obtained from suitable sources, including certified or licensed medical personnel, such as psychologists, podiatrists and physicians. Claimants may considerably improve their chances of approval if they have a physician with a history of treating their disabling condition and who is able to offer medical treatment records.
Claimants may have to attend a consultative examination, if they lack medical treatment notes or if the medical treatment records they have are over three months old. The purpose of the CE is so that the disability examiner will be able to have current medical data on the claimants to make a decision regarding their disability. The physicians who conduct the consultative examinations are independent, private operators who are compensated by the SSA to conduct brief examinations.
An attorney who practices Social Security Disability law may advocate during appeal hearings on behalf of clients who have been denied disability benefits. The attorney may work to obtain the documents that proves a client’s disability and when it began.