Kayla Moreland , May 13, 2015
On March 20th, SSA published new rules governing the submission of evidence in SSA claims. These rules create more of a burden on claimants’ and their attorneys. SSA now requires that we notify them of any possible treatment that is related to your disability claim. Previously, attorneys did not have a duty to submit records or notify SSA of treatment that we did not think was material to the disability claim. Now, SSA no longer allows attorneys to use their professional judgment and we are required to notify them of any evidence that could relate to the claim. Because of this change, it is very important that you, as the claimant, notify us of ANY medical treatment that you have received while your claim is pending before SSA, even if you don’t think that the treatment relates to your claim.
This change also means that if you have a workers’ compensation claim, personal injury claim, or med mal claim pending, we need to know so that we can notify SSA as soon as we can. Under these new regulations, even if a report is unfavorable to you, we have a duty to provide it or notify SSA of it’s existence.
Now, more than ever, it is important that you stay in frequent contact with our office and notify us of any new doctors or treatment so that we can fulfill our duty under these regulations. When we send you medical treatment update forms, please complete them to the best of your ability. When you visit a new doctor, take a business card and mail it to our office, or call our office and relay all of the information, including date of appointment and testing that was performed.
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