Common Reasons For Not Getting Social Security Benefits – Lack Of Cooperation With The SSA And DDSBy Kenton Koszdin on June 1, 2018 | In Disability Insurance
An experienced disability attorney may offer assistance in identifying any information which is crucial to the approval of benefits. Many times the grounds for the approval of benefits are within the control of applicants. They have a strong case establishing their eligibility for disability benefits but because of a lack of compliance with required procedures, they are disapproved.
Even if you file a case online, it will still be necessary for a social security field office representative to contact you before your disability claim is forwarded to the state disability agency (Disability Determination Services – DDS) for a medical decision. Thus, you or your representative will need to be available to facilitate any information requests regarding sources of medical treatment, medication, and work history.
It’s surprising how often disability benefit claimants fail to cooperate with the Social Security Administration (SSA) or DDS. They file a claim, submit all of the necessary paperwork, and then fail to attend a consultative or other medical examination. Another example is they submit most of the required paperwork and then fail, or even refuse, to release crucial evidence in the form of medical records. Yet another example is they may simply fail to follow a physician’s instructions.
While the SSA and DDS recognize legitimate excuses for failing to cooperate, a successful application for benefits depends on full disclosure and cooperation with the SSA and all other parties. Failure to follow prescribed therapy may be excused if reasons exist that are beyond the applicant’s control.
One valid reason for noncompliance is any severe mental illness that limits or prevents the applicant from following treatment instructions. Other valid reasons are an applicant’s religious beliefs, the treatment is unaffordable, or another doctor questions or disagrees with the treatment. If the prescribed treatment is unlikely to have any effect on restoring the patient’s ability to work, noncompliance will not constitute a failure to cooperate.
One of the best ways to improve your chances of avoiding benefit denial is to retain a qualified California Social Security disability attorney. An experienced Social Security disability attorney on your side ensures that you have the best chance of filing a successful disability application at the onset with no unnecessary delays. Contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today. We offer free office and in-home consultations at your complete convenience. Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. Se habla espańol!