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What Everybody Ought to Know About Objective Evidence

When it comes to Social Security cases, one of the most important parts of getting a favorable decision is evidence. It may seem like this should be obvious, but many people often forget that they have to it in order to back up their claims. Another thing you may not realize is that there are different types of evidence. Today we will be discussing objective evidence.

In its simplest form, objective evidence is that which can be proven through analysis, measurement, observation, and other types of research. In other words objective evidence is more “black and white” than subjective evidence. It is important to remember that subjective evidence, which is based on an opinion, can often help your case too. However, objective evidence is ideal.

The following are examples of objective medical evidence:

  • X-rays for arthritic and joint complaints
  • MRI’s and/or CT scans for various types of back pain complaints and neurological symptoms
  • EMG’s for symptoms related to carpal tunnel syndrome and neuropathy type complaints
  • PFT’s (pulmonary function tests) for lung impairments
  • P.T. evaluations for range of motion complaints due to various conditions of the body
  • Psychological testing for mental health complaints, memory problems and concentration issues

These are just some examples of types of objective testing.  Your physician will determine the best course of treatment for you, but if these tests are offered, take them.

As a reminder, be honest and consistent with your complaints and talk to your medical providers about all of the symptoms you are experiencing so they can take the best care of you. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to become a client, give our office a call today for a free phone consultation: 1-877-526-3457.

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About Shannan Hinzman

As a certified Social Security Advocate, for Jan Dils’ law practice, Shannan Hinzman shares her experience, knowledge and a caring attitude with each and every client. Having previously been contracted by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review of the Social Security Administration, she has thirteen years’ experience in the area of Social Security law. She graduated from WVU in 1995 with an Associates degree in business administration and psychology.

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