Individuals seeking Social Security Disability benefits often call our office to ask us if they have a case. Many of these individuals have been struggling to make ends meet and do not have the health insurance coverage necessary to obtain regular medical treatment for their disabling medical conditions. When we interview these folks about their disabling conditions and medical treatment we are sometimes left with the unfortunate task of explaining that we cannot assist them with their claim because they do not have any medical evidence to support their case. Medical evidence is absolutely critical to establishing that a person’s disabling conditions are severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. Medical evidence supporting the length and severity of your disabling medical condition is the key to a successful claim for social security disability benefits. The social security administration will use your medical records to determine the onset of your medical condition as well to determine whether your condition is severe enough to prevent you from working. Without substantial medical evidence documenting the onset, severity and duration of your medical condition your chances of qualifying for social security disability benefits are very low. In order to maximize your chance of obtaining disability benefits on an initial application, or on a subsequent appeal, it is essential that you receive regular medical treatment for each of your disabling medical conditions and that your treating physicians carefully document your ongoing symptoms and complaints as well as your response to the medical treatment that is being provided. If you would like one of our experienced Pennsylvania Social Security Disability Attorneys to evaluate your claim call us for a free consultation at 724-225-9130.