After going through the long process of filing for disability benefits, many people are exhausted and ready to take a break from everything. For some people, this also includes stopping medical treatment. Many people wonder why they should continue medical treatment if they will no longer be working and will be receiving disability benefits. The reality is that continuing treatment may impact your disability benefits. Talk to a Pennsylvania disability lawyer to learn more.
The answer to whether to continue medical treatment does not depend on what stage you are in with disability benefits. Whether you are starting to apply for disability benefits or are already receiving benefits, deciding whether to continue treatment can impact these benefits. However, deciding whether to continue treatment may depend on:
· Whether your disability is known to have no cure
· Whether further treatment would improve your disability or be unnecessary
· Whether your doctor recommends continued treatment
· Whether your disability is deemed terminal
Disabilities that are never expected to improve and terminal disabilities may not require continued treatment. For these types of disabilities and certain other types of disabilities, further treatment may cause more harm than good. In cases like these, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may not expect you to continue medical treatment for your disability.
What is beneficial with other types of disabilities where treatment is expected is that you will be gathering more medical evidence. When first applying for disability benefits, the more medical evidence you can collect with continued treatment, the better. Even after your disability benefits start, continued treatment is important for keeping your disability benefits.
Not everyone realizes that they can lose their disability benefits if certain conditions are met. For example, if the SSA finds that a disability has improved, then benefits could be removed. This tends to happen with continuing disability benefits eligibility reviews.
A continuing disability benefits eligibility review involves a check-in on the status of your disability. The goal of the SSA is to assess whether you still need disability benefits. There are two main factors considered by the SSA during this review:
· Whether your disability has improved
· Whether your disability still prevents you from working
People can lose their disability benefits if the SSA finds that their improvement has led to them no longer having a disability. Benefits may also be removed if they work at a substantial level during a Trial Work Period. Do not panic if your disability benefits are being taken away.
You have legal options. Consider contacting a Pennsylvania disability benefits lawyer to find out more. An experienced lawyer can help you file an appeal to reverse the decision to take away your benefits.
You may not have to give up if your disability benefits were taken away. Start by asking a Pennsylvania individual disability insurance attorney about your options for regaining your disability benefits. All you have to do is contact Edelstein Martin & Nelson by dialing (800) 300-0909 for a consultation today. Our legal team is ready to help you increase your chances of receiving disability benefits.