Shelton, WA asked in Social Security for Washington

Q: Do disability lawyers have access to ny medical records

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Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Prattville, AL

A: No, disability lawyers do not have access to your medical records and neither does Social Security. You must sign a release for the medical provider to send the medical records to a third party, such as your lawyer or Social Security. For example, Social Security will ask you to sign form SSA-827 which is an authorization for Social Security to request and obtain your medical and other records.

While Social Security will request medical and other records, it is your responsibility to prove that you are disabled by providing medical and other evidence to Social Security. You can obtain your own medical records, often through a patient portal, and submit them to Social Security. Your disability lawyer that you appoint to handle your Social Security disability claim can also help you obtain the medical records you need to prove you are disabled. Your disability lawyer will likely have access to your electronic file at Social Security and can check to see what evidence Social Security has in your case.

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