Can I Win My Disability Case if I Don't Go to the Doctor?
Yes, it is possible, but it is harder. Many disabled people applying for social security disability or SSI do not have health insurance since they have no job or income. In many cases Social Security will send you out to a doctor for examinations. In some cases these exams are sufficient to prove the applicant is disabled. If this is all the medical proof that you can get and you feel you are disabled, you should still apply. The problem is that the claim will be totally dependent on these exams which may not be very complete and might not show much of the history of the disability.
It is much better if you have records from your own treating doctors to prove you are disabled. Under social security law, the Social Security Administration has to give more weight to your treating doctor than their examining doctors. Because of this, it is very important that you try to go to a doctor while you are applying for disability. In many cases your local social security disability attorney will be able to direct you to sources of free or reduced cost medical care. Frequently, people who have been used to working and having their own insurance will not know where to find such reduced cost medical care, even if they have lived in an area for many years. So don’t hesitate to ask your attorney for directions to care in your area.