The first thing I ask a potential client is: are you being treated for your medical condition?
I am always surprised by the number of people who say “no”. While many of them have valid reasons–no insurance, can’t afford to get medical care — I have to turn them down.
Why? Because if your condition is not serious enough to get on-going medical treatment, it is unlikely Social Security will think you are disabled. Here in Harris County, Texas, some people without insurance are able to go to the Harris County Hospital District to get treatment. Sometimes patients are not seen as quickly as they would like, but if a potential client says they are seeing a doctor at the public hospital or clinic, I know they are seriously ill and doing what they can to continue their treatment.
I also know that I will be able to get medical records to support their disability claim.
So, if you are seeking disability, don’t stop seeing your doctor. And if you can’t afford your doctor any more, look for other options, such as public hospitals and clinics. That way you can show Social Security that you are being treated by a doctor for your health problems.
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This post was originally published at The Maze, http://socialsecurityhouston.wordpress.com/