Social Security Disability Resource Center
Overview | How to Qualify | Applications
Requirements | How long it takes | Back Pay
Mental Disability | What is a disability? | Tips
SSI Benefits | How to Win | Disability Awards
Hearings | Appeals | List of Disabling Conditions
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
Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center
New and featured pages on SSDRC.com
Social Security Disability Requirements
Social Security Disability list of impairments
Social Security Disability Application
Can you get disability for arthritis of the knee?
How much income can you earn on Social Security disability?
If you get denied at a disability hearing, can you win later?
How much can an attorney charge for Social Security disability?
Can you get approved for disability based on Ulcerative Colitis?
The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work
Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers
More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers
Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI
Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
The SSI Disability Benefits Program
Medical exams for disability claims
Applying for Disability in various states
Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs
Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews
Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children
Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative
What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits
FAQ on Disability Claim Representation
Disability hearings before Judges
Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers
Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits
Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability
Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children
Disability Benefits through Social Security
Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records
Filing your claim for disability benefits
Eligibility for receiving disability benefits
Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved
FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions
The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration
Resources on this site
Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
About the Author of SSDRC, Tim Moore
For Individuals living in North Carolina
Applying for Disability in North Carolina
North Carolina Disability Lawyer
Is it possible to file for Temporary Disability Income through Social Security?
What to do if you are under review for disability?
Do you have to notify your employer if you apply for Social Security?
Can I get disability on the basis of foot drop?
How long is the disability process?
When is the time to get a disability lawyer?
Tips for SSD and SSI disability hearings
How does social security decide your disability claim?
Attempts by Congress to cut Social Security Disability
What is your disability attorney supposed to do in their role?
Why is there a waiting period for disability?
Why does Social Security deny you when you have a lawyer?
Who can help me file for disability?