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How a Gap in Medical Treatment Can Affect Your SSD Claim.
When applying for Social Security Disability benefits, a few common mistakes could affect your chances of getting approved. See how a gap in medical treatment can affect your SSD claim.
The application for SSD benefits is rather extensive. The information the SSA needs to make a decision on your claim includes education, employment and medical history to name a few.
Medical records are the main pieces of evidence the SSA looks at when making a decision on your SSD claim. The SSA wants to see that you have sought treatment for your conditions. If you fail to follow through with medical treatment, the SSA might view your disability as not as limiting as you say it is.
Once you speak with a medical team, they will provide you with a diagnosis and a medical plan, it is important for you to follow the plan and stay in consistent treatment.
This includes seeing other referred doctors, taking medication and other therapy options.
When you fail to follow the prescribed treatment, the SSA views that as you not trying to get well and ultimately go back to working.
If Social Security sees in your application that you have failed to seek or comply with treatment, someone from the agency should contact you to find out whether there are acceptable reasons for your failure to comply.
Some acceptable reasons for stopping treatment would be lack of health insurance, medication side effects and being told by a doctor that no treatment would be effective.
You can always be proactive and tell the SSA why you have not done more to treat your condition when you apply for these benefits.
Getting Help Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
You should apply for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as possible. If you become disabled and will be unable to work or your disability is life threatening, do not hesitate to apply. The process for receiving these monthly payments and benefits can take a long time. It is important that you begin the application process early so that you can begin receiving benefits as soon as possible.
If you are considering applying for either SSD or SSI benefits, do not delay. Contact and experienced Social Security Disability Attorney to find out how. Call the Social Security Disability attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your claim.