The social security disability process requires you to prove that you are disabled. You may have to do this multiple times. For instance, you may to prove this when you submit your application, and again if you have to appeal a denial and appear in front of a judge. Usually, the best evidence is medical evidence – and the best medical evidence is something we call a Medical Source Statement or a Residual Functional Capacity Assessment.
You will need to present this form to your doctor and ask her to fill it out. I’ve provided a link to an example of a Medical Source Statement below. Basically, this form allows your doctor to explain your diagnosis, the testing you have undergone, and how your mental or physical condition affects your functional ability. Your primary care doctor or a specialist who has treated you will be the best doctors to ask to fill this form out.
When you ask your doctor to fill out this form, ask her to be as specific as possible – not just about the fact that you have pain, but in the details about what you can and cannot do. You will want the doctor to explain that your pain affects things like how long you can sit or stand during a work day and how much you can lift at any one time.
It’s common for people to think that if they give the Social Security Administration all of their medical records, then a Residual Functional Capacity Assessment is not necessary. If you only rely on your medical records, then there is no explanation of what those records mean. You might have an x-ray or an MRI that shows what is wrong with you, but those tests don’t explain how your condition limits your ability to work. But a Medical Source Statement does.
You want to make it as easy as possible for the judge to rule in your favor. A Medical Source Statement gives the judge an easy to use piece of evidence to do that. Even if you have to pay the doctor to fill it out, it will be worth it when you win.
An example of this type of form can be found at Source Link