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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
- When does disability end?
- Medical and Other Evidence as Basis for Decision of "Not Disabled"
- Impairment Lasting or Expected to Last at Least 12 Months
- Medical Evidence as Basis for Decision of "Disabled" -- Listing of Impairments
- Evaluation Considering Age, Education, and Work Experience
- How to Read, Understand, and Follow Up on the Reconsideration Determination
- Evidence of Disability
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