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Applying for SSDI? Here's why you shouldn't miss your doctors' appointments.

Nationwide, nearly two-and-a-half million people applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in 2015. But two-thirds of those applicants were denied benefits, mostly for technical or medical reasons. 

Since your medical condition is at the center of your case, your doctor plays an extremely important role in the outcome of your SSDI application. Therefore, it is very important that you follow all prescribed treatment and therapy regimens. Don't forget that your doctor provides the SSA with all of your relevant medical information. So if you miss appointments or do not adhere closely to prescribed therapy, your doctor's records will be incomplete. A solid paper trail of medical records is one of your best assets when requesting SSDI, and your doctor needs to keep a detailed record of your symptoms over an extended period of time. If you do not stick to doctor-prescribed therapy, it could be argued that your injury or disability isn't that serious--the logic being that if it were, you'd have been diligent about keeping appointments and maintaining your therapy regimen.

You may also be required to see an SSA doctor. Refusal to do so may result in denial of your claim, since the SSA could say that it hadn't had sufficient medical records to approve it.

Along with an experienced disability benefits attorney, your doctor is one of your main advocates in your claim. They are someone you want squarely and firmly on your side. Cooperating fully with all prescribed treatment and therapy is a key to getting the benefits you are seeking.

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