You need to prove that you have a serious medical problem that has lasted or that will last for at least 12 months, or will result in death, and that keeps you from working. You do this with:
• Medical evidence
• Your testimony
• Testimony of witnesses
SSA helps you gather medical information for your case, but sometimes they do not have all the medical information that is available. It is important that your SSA file has all of the medical information in your case (from your treating doctor, medical specialists who have seen you, any hospital records, etc.). If you think there is anything else the judge should see before making a decision in your case, you can ask the judge if you can add that information after the hearing.