Social Security Disability

David S. Hankus
Rachel M. Pinch

Tip: The Importance of Seeing a Doctor Regularly

SS Tip: DoctorRegular medical care for your disabilities is important for your health as well as for your social security claim. Since your social security disability claim will be evaluated on the basis of your medical records, it is important to receive regular, ongoing medical treatment in the months (even years) before you apply.
If you do not continue treatment with a doctor, or if you have long gaps of time between doctor visits, then you may not have enough evidence in the form of medical records to support your claim. The Social Security Administration may think that your condition is not serious enough to warrant the granting of disability benefits. Before applying for social security disability benefits, you should do your best to obtain regular medical treatment. When you do see your doctor, be sure to tell your doctor about all of your medical problems and how they affect your daily activities.