Continue Medical Treatment for SSDI Benefits

Social security disability cases are heavily dependent upon medical evidence.  As a Louisville social security disability attorney, one of my primary objectives is to prove that your impairment is severe enough to prevent full-time employment.  The medical condition is a prime factor the judge uses in determining your eligibility to receive disability payments.  You should follow your doctor’s orders regarding medical treatment.

doctor providing medical treatment for SSDI

It’s Important to Continue Medical Treatment

Receiving, or completing, your on-going medical treatment is extremely important.  The main reason is that the doctor has put together a plan to ensure you receive the best possible care for your immediate condition.  We want you to heal or at least minimize the effects of your condition so that you can lead as productive a life as possible.  Even if you can’t go back to a 40-hour work week.

It’s not uncommon for me to see people who have decided not to continue treatment.  This can be for a variety of reasons.  However, the short-term reason often has long-term impacts on their benefits.  Just because you may feel better, or the pain may be tolerable, doesn’t necessarily mean your body has healed.  There’s often additional reasons the doctor wants you to continue treatment.

A judge may decide that your injury or condition isn’t as bad, because you’ve stopped seeking medical treatment.  This can lead him/her to to assume you can handle a regular 40-hour/week job.  By following your prescribed treatment, you can help me prove that your condition is severe and merits disability benefits.

The ongoing medical treatment is usually designed to ensure that your condition improves to the maximum level possible.  It may be therapy to help you regain muscle, coordination, flexibility, etc.  Even if deterioration happens, it may be much further down the road.

Continuing your medical treatment gives me the best opportunity to prove you deserve social security disability benefits.  To do that, I’ll need evidence.  Your medical records and notes from your doctor provides that valuable evidence.

If you have questions about filing for disability benefits, including SSDI and/or SSI, feel free to review the additional information on our website.  We’ll be happy to answer questions you may have.