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

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at

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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