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I Have Old Medical Records Aren’t Those Enough To Win My Social Security Disability Claim?

Old Medical Records Social Security Disability

No! Old records may simply establish a diagnosis, but what is material is the medical records for the year prior to you stop working and the time period after you stop working.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine your functional capacity and whether you’re able to work. In other words, the Social Security Administration will want to know:

– how long you can sit, stand and walk,
– how much you can lift and carry,
– whether you have any non-exertional impairments such as pain,
– the need to alternate positions or side effects of medication which impair your employability.

While old records are helpful for historical purposes, what is really crucial for your claim is to have your physician complete a Residual Functional Capacity form. The SSA will never tell you or your physicians about these forms. That is why it’s important for you to contact an experienced Social Security Disability attorney such as Nancy Cavey to review your medical records and get the appropriate Residual Functional Capacity form that documents your exertional and non-exertional impairments.

What Should I Do If My Doctor Has Told Me To Stop Working Or My Claim Has Been Denied?

It’s time for you to contact Tampa Bay Social Security Disability attorney Nancy Cavey who can help you get the Disability benefits you deserve! Call today at 727-894-3188 for a complimentary consultation.


  • khelsea
    Reply June 18, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Hi I am 49 yrs of age …I had a right basal ganglia stroke 9-26-17. I have been suffering with cognitive impairments and anxiety for the last year. I worked for the same company for 18 years. I cant function as I did pre-stroke and my work performance is suffering. I had a neuropsychological assessment done and the dx was changes in visuospatial processing and semantic language. It also stated these were secondary to my lupus(SLE). I still work but am seriously considering filing for disability retirement from my job and long term disability. I have discussed with three of my physicians and have there support. Do you think i have enough to win social security?

    • Nancy Cavey
      Reply June 19, 2020 at 9:31 am

      Thanks for reaching out! Doctor support is key to winning and we suggest that you have a Cognitive and a Lupus Residual Functional Capacity Form completed by the appropriate doctor. If you have any questions, call our office at 727-894-3188 and ask for Sam.

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