Can You Obtain Benefits Without a Treatment History?
Posted on behalf of Phillips Disability, P.C. on Jun 14, 2016 in SSD
If you are concerned because you do not have a heavily documented medical history yet are disabled and cannot work, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) despite sparse medical documentation.
Disabling conditions can leave people wondering how they are going to pay for household expenses or medical bills if they are unable to work. Many times, people who are having a hard time making ends meet may not have health coverage because they cannot afford it and consequently do not receive treatment for their condition. Yet, there are options.
If your medical records are not substantial, the Social Security Administration may ask you to participate in a consultative medical exam. A doctor who contracts with the SSA will conduct the exam and assess your physical condition, the extent of your impairments and go over disability details with you.
While the exam may seem too brief if it only lasts ten to fifteen minutes, any information gleaned by the physician could help your case by adding to your medical history. This information will be included in a thorough written report and sent to the SSA, along with your application.
A free medical clinic may be an option for you by providing treatment for your condition. Although it may not be the same as receiving care from your primary care doctor or a specialist, it could provide evidence that you are taking your disability seriously, which will be conveyed to the SSA.
If you are supposed to take medication for your condition, do everything you can to acquire the medication and take it as prescribed. You may qualify for state or federal assistance to get the needed medication, so find out what options are available to you.
If you have been denied benefits, need to file an appeal, or if your benefits were canceled, our disability lawyers at Phillips Disability are available to assist you. Since the Social Security system can be daunting and the paperwork overwhelming, let us help guide you through the process. Schedule your free consultation with one of our disability attorneys today and find out if you are eligible for disability benefits.