How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Can disability be denied because of not enough doctor visits?

Question: "I was denied disability because I don't go to the doctors enough. Why is that?"

First off, are you sure you were denied disability because of that reason? Disability examiners do need recent medical records in order to make a decision, but it is fairly commmonplace that a person applying for SSD or SSI hasn't been to a doctor recently and, in such cases, they simply send a person to a consultative medical exam.

Now, having said that, let me say a bit about how the process works.

Social Security Disability and SSI disability are won by showing that a person's condition or conditions actually meet the definition of disability used by SSA. That definition states that you must have a disability that lasts at least one full year and which is severe enough to prevent you from working and earning a substantial and gainful income while doing either your past work, or doing any other type of work for which your current mental and/or physical limitations, age, education, and work skills might suit you.

The process of determining disability is much more than simply showing you have a diagnosis. For example, two individuals might have degenerative disc disease but have great differences in severity and functional limitations. For this reason, Social Security, through a disability claims examiner, must evaluate your medical records to determine your functional limitations.

In other words, how does your condition limit what you can do, mentally or physically. For this reason also, SSA must also look at a person's work history to determine what was functionally required to perform the job.

Getting disability involves showing that your case meets the definition of disability. This is why no case can be approved without current medical record documentation. And to get that documentation you need to have records from doctor visits not older than 90 days.

See: How are medical records and work history used to determine a disability claim?
See also: How is the Determination for Disability made by Social Security?
See also: How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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