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Why you need a medical source statement for your SSDI application

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Social Security Disability

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides financial assistance for individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. However, navigating the application process can be complex, and one crucial element you might not be aware of is the importance of a medical source statement.

Understanding what a medical source statement is, why it’s vital for your SSDI application and how to obtain one can improve your odds of a submitting a successful application.

What are medical source statements

A medical source statement, also known as a functional capacity evaluation (FCE), is a document completed by a qualified medical professional, typically a physical therapist or occupational therapist. It outlines the functional limitations caused by your disability.

These limitations are measured through standardized tests and observations, which are then translated into a source reflecting your ability to perform specific work-related tasks such as sitting, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling.

Why a medical source statement matters

While medical records documenting your diagnosis and treatment history are essential for your SSDI application, a medical source statement helps provide a more objective assessment of your functional limitations.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) relies heavily on medical evidence when evaluating claims. A medical source statement provides concrete data about your limitations, adding significant weight to your application.

Medical records can sometimes be subjective, focusing on diagnoses rather than functional abilities. A source statement offers a standardized, objective measure, making it easier for the SSA to understand the impact of your disability on your work capacity.

Some disabilities may not have easily observable limitations. A medical source statement provides quantifiable evidence, even for less visible conditions, and strengthens the claim that your disability prevents you from working full-time.

A medical source statement is a powerful tool that can significantly increase your chances of a successful SSDI application by helping the SSA understand the true impact of your disability in re: your work capacity. While navigating the SSDI process can be challenging, seeking legal guidance can help strengthen your application.