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Should I Tell My Lawyer About Recent Medical Treatment?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Nov 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the past, I have been rather casual about requesting current records for the medical treatment my clients are getting. I usually asked them to let me know about any significant changes in their situation. By this, I meant a new diagnosis or treatment.  This might need to change now.

A New Ruling Means New Requirements

A recent Social Security Ruling, 17-04p, mandates that Social Security disability applicants, and their lawyers, inform

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Did You Tell Social Security About Me?

Social Security about new medical treatment.  This part is not new. The requirement to inform Social Security as soon as you are aware of the additional medical care is.

In the past, there was not much need to update Social Security on an on-going basis. This was mostly due to the extraordinary delays in getting Social Security disability hearings scheduled.  Why bother informing Social Security about an MRI from last week when you are not going to see the judge for another two years?

Does Social Security Really Want All The Latest Medical Records?

I am not convinced that Social Security really wants to get moment-by-moment medical updates. They are already hopelessly behind.  Spending precious resources updating a medical file that no one is going to even look at for a year and a half makes very little sense.

Best To Comply For Now

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New Rules Always Seem Like Such A Good Idea . . .

Until we see how Social Security is going to apply 17.04p in practice, it makes sense to err on the side of over-reporting.  One way to do this would be a periodic email to your lawyer, say once a month or so, with details of any recent medical treatment.

What do you think of this new requirement? Will it make the delays even longer? Let me know. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.

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