Krasno Krasno & OnwudinjoWhen You Need A Workers' Compensation Or Social Security Attorney
Serving Philadelphia Since 1936
No Fee Unless We Win
215-310-0001
En Español

What are acceptable medical sources?

Whether you are seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for a mental health issue or a physical disability, you have to meet some evidence requirements to quality. One of the specific things required by SSDI before you can be approved for benefits is medical documentation regarding your disability. That documentation must come from what the Social Security Administration calls an "acceptable medical source."

The primary word in the SSA's definition of an acceptable medical source seems to be licensed. For the most part, the SSA is looking for documentation from a licensed professional with credentials that are relevant to the type of disability you are claiming.

If you are claiming a mental health condition is causing your disability, then the SSA is likely to want to see documentation from professionals such as medical doctors or licensed psychologists. The SSA says that school psychologists are only acceptable sources with regard to issues that relate to intellectual disability or learning disabilities.

In the same vein, a licensed optometrist would be an acceptable source to document your vision-based disability but would not be acceptable as part of evidence for a mental health disability or another type of physical ailment. It's important to ensure that the medical evidence associated with your claim is coming from the right type of medical professional.

The SSA is often more willing to accept evidence presented by a professional who is actively treating you because it believes that a health care professional is more likely to fully understand any condition you might have. While it could be important to present evidence from several medical sources, know that the Administration might place an emphasis on a treating provider. If you are having difficulty getting benefits for a disability you believe you have, working with a lawyer can you help you understand what information you might be missing.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security," accessed July 15, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

YOU HAVE 120 DAYS TO REPORT A WORK INJURY - DO NOT DELAY! Fill out the form and an attorney will be in touch with you shortly.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Attorneys Recognized For Excellence

Our Philadelphia firm and attorneys have received numerous accolades in the area of workers' compensation law. Several of our attorneys have been recognized by their peers and listed in Super Lawyers since 2006. The Super Lawyers process recognizes the top lawyers in their fields in Pennsylvania.

Since 2010, our law firm has been rated as a tier-one law firm for workers' compensation law claimants in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report — Best Law Firms Edition.

Since 2009, Jason Krasno has been selected to the Best Lawyers® "America's Best" series. The Best Lawyers® award is given only to a handful of attorneys throughout the United States each year. Jason was also selected as a top workers' compensation attorney. You can see the articles on Jason in Newsweek's Aug. 23, 2010, edition.

Krasno Krasno & OnwudinjoWhen You Need A Workers' Compensation Or Social Security Attorney
Serving Philadelphia Since 1936

1429 Walnut Street, 16th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Toll Free: 877-794-2396
Phone: 215-310-0001
Philadelphia Law Office Map

VIEW OUR 12 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS