Social Security Disability (SSD) claims can be processed under many different medical conditions. At the heart of the matter is the suggestion that the claimant cannot work due to an ongoing incapacity to perform duties resulting from an injury or occupational disease.

Naturally, we must assume that the documentation needed to support a claim for SSD is going to focus on medical documentation – see SSD FAQ’s for further information on the topic.

Types of medical records that may be required in support of your SSD claim

You could be disheartened to learn that your initial claim for social security disability (SSD) is rejected. This is actually the case in the majority of claims, and there are many reasons why a claim may be rejected at this initial application stage.

One of those reasons is the judgement that a lack of substantial medical records has been supplied in support of the claim.

With this in mind, let’s look at some of the types of medical records that may be required in order to ensure that your claim is presented in a way that is less likely to be rejected due to issues with insufficient medical reports.

Medical documentation that may be required includes:

Treatment and examination notes from a physician 

Accurate* examination notes may be required in order to process your claim for SSD. This simply means that evidence from the attending physician may be needed in order to establish medical history, the diagnosis of the medical condition in question, and the course of treatment or care prescribed.

Mental health records

Under certain conditions (depending on your personal circumstances and your type of claim), access to your mental health records may be required in order for your claim to be processed.


Different types of claims require different types of supporting medical evidence – in the case of occupational diseases, for example, access to your bloodwork files may be required in order to ascertain the level of injury.

CAT scan / X-rays / MRI

Cat scans, x-rays, and MRI scans are often confused. However, they can be thought of as an increasingly accurate means of looking inside a person’s body.

Whereas an x-ray can provide details of broken bones or dislocations, a cat-scan provides a more in-depth look at musculoskeletal issues (i.e bone and tissue combined), and an MRI goes one step further, showing accurate close up 3D imagery of a problem under the skin. Depending on your claim, access to any of these medical records may be needed to approve your application.  

*Different types of evidence may be considered timely, accurate, or merely sufficient enough to satisfy a particular claims process requirement. There are differences between timely and accurate types of evidence, and you should be aware that where accurate medical records are required, timely records may not suffice – timely means that the medical report is taken from near to the time of your injury and may have some impact on your case but may not be considered sufficient enough to be included in the claim.

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