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Is there any way my California SSDI claim could be approved even though I can’t afford to comply with my doctor’s recommended course of treatment?


Yes. Though many Northern California SSDI applicants in your situation have managed to obtain approval on their disability benefits claim, it is a special circumstance. Extra work and expertise will be needed in handling your case if you want any chance of winning in California disability court.

The California Administrative Law Judge who decides your claim may believe your noncompliance with recommended treatment means you do not really need disability benefits and automatically deny your case. Because of this, it is imperative that you take charge of the situation by:

  • Attempting to obtain any free or low-cost medical treatment provided by the state prior to filing
  • Acknowledging your noncompliance
  • Explaining the nature of your situation
  • Presenting supporting documentation of your reasons for noncompliance

Begin the process by reaching out to either your county’s hospital district or the California Health and Human Services Agency to learn more about your existing options for aid. Keep records of these interactions, as it will be important documentation whether or not you are able to obtain help.

Also, keep records of anything you have used to cope with the resulting symptoms of your disability, such as over-the-counter drugs, evaluations from medical practitioners, and pain management techniques. 

Finally, consider hiring a Chico disability attorney with experience navigating this and other special circumstances as a way of considerably improving your odds of an approval on your initial application or the first round of appeals. To speak with a member of our team, call toll-free at 888-761-7383. Don’t wait another day.

Thomas Ledgerwood
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