If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you will need to meet certain requirements. The requirements relate to the types of condition you must have, and the symptoms you must exhibit. You'll need to provide detailed medical records to the Social Security Administration proving the extent of your disabling condition.
The SSA will not only consider what your condition is, but also how you have treated your condition since it was developed. The SSA will look at your medical records to see if you have made attempts to improve your condition so you can restore your health well enough to continue to work in your most recent job or in another job for which you are qualified.
In some cases, however, your medical records may reveal that you could have underwent treatment and you declined it. If you have refused treatment, you could be denied eligibility for Social Security Disability Income, provided that the treatment is a medically recognized and accepted treatment within the area of medicine affecting your disability.
If your benefits claim has been approved and you are currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits, you will also need to undergo recommended treatments that medical doctors believe could improve your health. If you could have a surgery to resolve your injuries, for example, you would need to undergo that surgery as long as it was a reasonable medical procedure that was the accepted standard for treatment and didn't carry undo risk.
If you refuse to have a medically accepted treatment without justification, you could be at risk of having the Social Security Administration end your benefits. Before you make a decision on treatment that has been recommended to you by a doctor, it is important to talk with a Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits lawyer to find out if your refusal could put your disability income at risk.