When Your Disability Claim Is Denied for Failing to Follow the Doctor’s Orders

If you’ve been injured and applied for Social Security Disability Insurance, you may have seen numerous doctors in the process. A lot of people don’t realize how important it is to do as those doctors tell you. If not, you run the risk of being denied disability for failing to follow the doctor’s orders.

How Doctors Impact Your SSDI Claim

When you receive second and third opinions or meet with specialists, some medical advice may differ. In your case, perhaps you decided not to follow one of the doctor’s treatment plans in order to do what another doctor said. Or perhaps you changed your plan after a certain treatment didn’t work or caused pain.

It makes perfect sense you might change your treatment for any of the above reasons. However, you may be denied if your choice not to follow certain treatment plans shows up in your records.

If you’ve chosen one treatment plan over another, the best way to handle it with your claims adjuster is to submit:

  • complete and accurate medical documentation
  • a statement from your current doctor about how the medical advice or treatment plan you followed was the best choice for your condition or injury.

Get a Lawyer for Your Appeal

If you’ve been denied disability for failing to follow the doctor’s orders, you need a lawyer for your appeal.

As you can probably tell, applying for SSD benefits is a tricky process. Denial is quite common and sometimes unavoidable.

If you have been denied, you have only 60 days to appeal. You want to make sure you use that time to build the best case you possibly can. You definitely don’t want to go through this process only get a denial all over again.

Our experienced Memphis disability attorneys can help make that process go smoothly. We work with your doctors to put together a strong appeal with all the information you might have missed the first time around.

Don’t wait to get started. You only have 60 days to appeal. Contact us today or give me a call at 901-327-2100.