Should You Discontinue Medical Treatment if your Primary Doctor has Released you from Care?

by Editorial Board on February 14, 2011 · 0 comments

in Questions & Answers,Treatment & Compliance,Medical Evidence

It is not a good idea to discontinue treatment.  In fact, discontinuing medical treatment may prevent you from getting your benefits. If your doctor releases you from care and you feel that you still need ongoing medical treatment, it is important to find a new doctor.  You may also want to find a specialist within the field of medicine for which you are requiring care.  If you are alleging a mental condition, it is also a good idea to seek advice and treatment from a psychologist or psychiatrist.

In order to win your case, you need to show the Social Security Administration (SSA)  that you have a history of ongoing medical treatment for the illness that you are alleging is preventing you from working.  Without medical treatment, it is very hard for a judge to award you your case.  You need to present medical records that show your diagnosis, treatment plan and any possible future care that you will be needing.  Your testimony alone is not sufficient and it will not be enough to prove your case. Medical records such as treatment notes, medical tests such as MRIs, X-rays and scans, and physical therapy notes are extremely helpful and necessary.

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