Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits requires you to present medical evidence as it is the most critical information to evaluate a claim. However, nonmedical evidence can also show the severity of your disability and your ability to work. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to see more information about your disability, other nonmedical evidence may be helpful in an SSD claim.
You may present them to the SSA to build the strongest case to help you receive your SSD benefits.
Supporting evidence for SSD claims
The SSA considers a wide range of evidence when evaluating disability claims, including:
- Employment records
- Educational records
- Personal statements
- Statements from friends and family
- Expert testimony
- Work evaluations
SSA regulations specifically state that “…SSA considers all medical and nonmedical sources to assess the extent to which a claimant’s impairment(s) affects his or her ability to function in a work setting.” If your claim for SSD benefits has been denied, knowing what other pieces of evidence aside from your medical history can be crucial to the success of your case.
After undergoing evaluation, the SSA may approve your claim and award you benefits. However, they may also deny the claim if they decide you are not eligible.
The SSA makes decisions based on the specific facts of each case. If they recently denied your claim, you have the right to appeal the decision and appear before a court to present your case. Appealing a decision involves navigating the legal system and presenting a strong case to support your claim. It is often helpful to have legal counsel to guide you through the process.