One of the requirements of obtaining Social Security disability benefits is following medical treatments recommended by your doctors. If the SSA sees evidence that you’ve refused or not followed prescribed treatments, then your claim can be denied.
However, if you’re disabled and unable to work, the odds are good that you are already strapped financially, and paying for medical treatment may be out of reach.
So, what do you do?
Document Your Case
A common argument to fight a denial based on refusing treatment is that the claimant can’t afford it, but just saying you can’t afford it will not be enough to reverse a denial.
If you’re applying for Social Security disability but can’t afford treatment, documentation is everything in SSDI applications and appeals. Keep detailed records of your finances, including your regular daily living expenses and ALL medical treatment expenses.
It’s also vital to your case that you show every effort has been made to find subsidized and/or free treatment options through resources that may be available to you through local and state programs, charitable groups, and any others you can find. Document every lead you explore, noting the days and times, as well as the names and contact information of anyone you spoke with.
If You’re Applying for Social Security Disability But Can’t Afford Treatment, We Can Help
Unfortunately, if you’re applying for Social Security disability but can’t afford treatment, the information on free services can be nearly impossible to find if you don’t know where to look. One of the benefits to having a Social Security lawyer in Houston help you with your SSDI claim and appeal is that we can point you in the direction of such services.
Contact The Law Offices Of M. Stanley Whitehead today, and let us guide you through the process of applying for Social Security disability.