If you have been unable to see a doctor for your medical condition, you are not taking medication or receiving treatment, it could be much more difficult to get approval for disability benefits.
Part of the application process is providing medical records and documentation to convince the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your condition is serious. However, you could still potentially receive disability benefits even if you have not recently visited a doctor.
Our disability lawyers discuss several valid reasons for not seeking medical treatment and how Social Security could help you obtain disability benefits. Learn if you have a valid claim in a free consultation.
Regular Doctor Visits Not Financially Possible
Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to visit a doctor regularly and the SSA is well aware of this. The cost of health care insurance is not financially possible for many disabled persons and their families. This can prevent those with low incomes from getting the medical treatment they need.
Recent medical evidence is required to increase your chances of getting an approval for disability benefits. Without being able to see a doctor to get medical tests done, get a treatment plan, and get prescribed medications for your condition, it will be harder to prove that your condition is severe and your application will likely be denied. However, the SSA cannot deny claimants simply because they have not seen a doctor.
Ways Social Security Can Assist
The SSA has certain measures in place for those unable to afford medical care. While applying for disability, the SSA may offer a consultative examination (CE) to have your medical condition examined by one of their approved doctors free of charge. This would help show the severity of your condition and provide the medical evidence required to support your claim. The claims examiner will then take the consultative examination into consideration to determine whether to approve or deny your application.
Previous Medical Care May Help When Applying for Benefits
There are many different acceptable reasons for not seeking medical care. Aside from financial restraints, you may have stopped seeing a doctor because the treatment or medications provided failed to improve your condition. Regardless of the circumstances, previous medical care may benefit you.
Any documentation you have of receiving medical care in the past may be able to show how serious your condition is and that you are unable to work. Evidence of previous doctor visits could support your approval for disability benefits. Having a disability lawyer on your side could also strengthen your claim.
Get a Free Case Review Today
Need help getting disability benefits? Reach out to our reputable Phoenix Social Security Disability lawyers at Dayes Law Firm. We offer a free consultation to find out if you have a valid claim and learn more about your potential legal options. There is no risk or obligation involved in using our services.
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