Kayla Moreland , May 13, 2015
The most important thing that you as a claimant can do to help your SS claim is to stay in steady medical treatment. Without clear objective evidence of an ongoing disability, it can be very hard to convince an Administrative Law Judge that you are disabled and unable to work. We understand that medical treatment is expensive, but we encourage you to do all that you can to remain in treatment. If you lose your insurance during this process, please contact our office. We may be able to provide suggestions of free or low cost clinics in your area that may be able to help you continue your treatment.
It is also important that you follow your doctor’s recommendations for treatment to the best of your ability. If the doctor is requesting that you try physical therapy, or give up smoking, it’s important that you attempt to comply with the doctor’s order. The ALJ’s are looking at your file and your doctor’s notes to make sure that you are compliant with treatment and doing what you can to improve your health. If you are unable to comply with the doctor’s orders, please let us know why. We will be able to address that either before the hearing or during the hearing so that the ALJ understands that you aren’t just ignoring the recommendations of your doctor.
Finally, if you start seeing a new doctor, or go to the ER or are hospitalized for any reason, please contact our office right away so that we can update your file. We need to have updated contact information for all of your treating sources so that we can make sure the record is complete at the time the hearing is held. If the record is not complete, there may be a delay following the hearing for the ALJ to continue gathering the relevant evidence.
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