It is not uncommon for people that have physical or mental disabilities to avoid treatment. When the medical records are reviewed, you will find long time periods where the claimant did not see a doctor for examinations or treatments.
These gaps, in the medical records can cause significant problems in proving a Social Security Disability (SDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim. Without ongoing office visits, it will be difficult for a doctor to state whether your condition got better, worse or remained the same. It will be difficult for the Social Security Administration to assess your ongoing disability and determine its severity. It will also be difficult for your treating doctor to assist you in providing an accurate diagnosis, determination of disability and plan for treatment.
Further, your medical treatment may require testing, treatment and therapy. All of these elements can also be used to prove your Social Security Disability case.
If you are seeing a doctor, you should continue to make and attend recommended office medical visits. You should also comply when your doctor prescribes testing, treatment and therapy.
Avoiding treatment can not only adversely affect your health and wellbeing, it can also hurt your claim with the Social Security Administration.
If you have any questions concerning Social Security claims, you should consult an experience Social Security attorney.
Kent S. DeJean