Failure to Follow A Prescribed Treatment For Cause
People receiving SSDI must follow treatment regiments unless there is "good cause."
A treatment must be prescribed, not just discussed or recommended
- It must be prescribed by a treating doctor.
- It must be expected to restore the ability to work. Otherwise, failure to follow the prescribed treatment is not relevant to Social Security.
- If you're prescribed alternate choices of treatment, choosing one over another is not failure to follow prescribed treatment.
"Good Cause" for failure to follow prescribed treatment
- Inability to afford treatment.
- Unavailability of treatment.
- Riskiness or experimental nature of treatment.
- Prescribed treatment was tried before and failed in the past.
- Overwhelming fear of treatment -- which generally means that there must be some history to prove the fear.)
- Other credible reason.
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