You may have spent your adult years raising a family and taking care of your home. You may not have worked very much outside your home, if at all. Your medical condition makes it difficult for you to earn a living. Now, you may be wondering if you qualify for SSD spousal benefits.
You may not know where to start qualifying for your spouse’s SSD benefits. Trying to qualify and receive benefits may be a long process.
Your medical records may help you get SSD
Think back over the years. When you began to feel pain from your rheumatoid arthritis, you began to realize that you would soon not be able earn a living. When you first went to your doctor to get help for your joint pain, you went through several tests.
Your doctor has to keep detailed records of every appointment. These records may be the proof you need to show the Social Security Administration. They show that you do suffer from an illness that makes it difficult for you to carry out your daily activities.
Your illness may be in Social Security’s listing of impairments
You may hear Social Security employees talking about the “blue book.” This is the “Listing of Medical Impairments” which lists every illness or condition that an applicant may have.
You may need to show that your illness limits your functional capacity. This means you need to show which of the most physically difficult activities you may still be able to do, even with your impairments. With this information, an examiner may decide what you may be able to do.
Medical records you need to prove your condition
Your doctor’s office may have the proof you need in your medical records. These include blood test results, CAT scams. X-rays, MRIs and treatment notes. These notes must include the time when you first became disabled to the current time.