Thursday, February 28, 2013

Updating Evidence

I represent a 38 year old former DMV driving examiner who sustained back injuries after two separate accidents while testing drivers. I had submitted records and reports from the claimant’s long time spine specialist that strongly supported the claimant’s disability. However, the claimant had recently started seeing a new spine specialist who was closer to the claimant’s residence. 

After receiving the treatment notes and report from the new specialist the claimant’s application for Social Security Disability benefits was approved. While the new submissions only spanned the last two months and were arguably cumulative, they did corroborate the previously submitted medical evidence. I probably would not have provided the updated records if they had been from the same doctor because I do not believe medical evidence and opinion would become stale after just two months.

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