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Are you considered disabled if you are receiving treatment for an impairment?

613. Are you considered disabled if you are receiving treatment for an impairment?

If your impairment requires a prescribed treatment that is expected to restore your ability to work, you may or may not be found disabled. You may be found disabled if, despite treatment, your impairment or combination of impairments meets the severity requirement and is expected to last 12 months. You must follow treatment prescribed by your physician if this treatment can restore your ability to work. If you do not follow this prescribed treatment without a good reason, you will not be found to be disabled. You are not considered disabled if you refuse treatment without justification. If, despite treatment, your impairment(s) remain(s) sufficiently severe, you may be found disabled.

Last Revised: Jul. 26, 2005

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May 15, 2012 by Guest

does matarity leave make me eligible for short term disablity? if so what do i need to do to sign up fo it and hoe long does it take to get it started?

Does pregnancy qualify for Social Security disability?

May 16, 2012 by David Luhman

I have not seen disability benefits be awarded in the course of pregnancy.

Social Security disability is meant for long-term disability. As part of this, note there a five-month waiting period before Social Security disability benefits start. The five month waiting period ensures that during the early months of disability, the SSA does not pay benefits to persons who do not have long-term disabilities.

I'm an excon and can't find work

February 25, 2013 by Guest

I was convicted of a 1st degree felony in 1983. I was released from an Ohio prison in 2001, successfully completed parole, have had no other criminal arrests, but I find myself unable to get hired by any place of employment.
What can I do?

Employment for ex-offender

February 25, 2013 by David Luhman

We don't have much experience in this area, but if you haven't seen the following site yet, it may be helpful :


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