In this brief video, I talk about a new ruling Social Security published on October 30, 2018, making it harder for people struggling to follow their doctors’ treatment advice to obtain disability.
The key takeaway – if a doctor prescribes treatment, it’s critical that you talk to that doctor if, for any reason, you can’t follow through.
This is different from simply not being able to afford care, or not having insurance. This ruling requires Social Security to first admit that you’re disabled. Only then does the judge look to see whether the cause of the disability was the failure to prescribe treatment that could have improved your functioning. This is another was Social Security is working to deny more claims, and make it more difficult for individuals to obtain the modest benefits they need.
Rich Frankel is the managing partner of Bross & Frankel. He is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars. He has focused exclusively on disability and social security benefits since 2005.
Mr. Frankel joined what is now Bross & Frankel after having watched his father struggle with disability, fighting a lengthy illness. Mr. Frankel founded the firm’s veteran’s law practice and substantially grew the social security disability practice, focusing Bross & Frankel’s ability to fight for all of the disability benefits available to his clients.
Mr. Frankel additionally fights for clients in court, obtaining frequent victories in Social Security appeals and against insurance companies in Federal court.