Can I apply for Social Security disability benefits if I have not seen a doctor?
You can apply for Social Security disability benefits even if you haven’t seen a doctor, but the case must be based on medical evidence of record. Even if you come walking into the hearing and you’re missing two arms or two legs, if there’s no medical evidence in writing that you’re missing that, you don’t have a case.
Even if you don’t have a doctor, you can get an attorney to find you, somebody to take a look at you, and if not, the Social Security Administration will actually send you to one of their own doctors to give a look. These are not always very favorable, but nonetheless, even if you don’t have medical records and it does happen with a lot of my clients who are completely indigent and poor.
I actually have a homeless bunch of clients that I take care of and sometimes the only thing they can do is wait for the Social Security Administration to send them to one of their medical experts or a medical evaluator to determine what their disabilities are.