Getting your records is great! Reading your records is great! Checking your records is great! Correcting your records is great!
If you are able, you want to do any and all of these things.
Whatever you do, never ever assume your lawyer is collecting all your records. Ask your lawyer for copies of everything they have collected so you can check for yourself.
If your lawyer will not give you copies, this may mean they have not collected any of your records. Some lawyers wait a year after you first apply before they begin collecting your records! Some wait two years! Some wait until a few months before your hearing!
Also, please do not assume Social Security is collecting all your records. You can call the person at Social Security who is handling your case and ask them exactly which records they do and don’t have. If you are appealing, you can call your local office and request a copy of your case file on CD so you can see for yourself exactly what is and is not there.
There are three ways you can collect your records: Through your lawyer, through Social Security, or Do-it-yourself.
When you request your records, you will be asked to pay for them. Here’s a tip: If you are not being asked to pay this is not good! They probably are not giving you your full records with all treatment notes.
Getting Psyche Records
Some mental health doctors will tell you they will not give you your records. If you run into this problem, you still have some options:
Please do not read your records online and do not read anything that says “visit summary.” You need your full records with treatment notes.
Reading Your Records
Reading your records is one of the most important things you can do to help your disability case. It is literally the only way you can know for sure what your doctor is writing.