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Consultative Examinations (Part 1)

  • Published: November 12, 2011

What is a consultation examination and why do I have to have one?

If Social Security decision makers review your file and decide that they need more information about your medical condition before making a decision, they may send you for a consultative examination. A consultative exam is a physical or mental exam that the state disability determination agency arranges for you to undergo. You may be asked to submit to a consultative examination before the initial determination on your claim is made or after you appeal a denial.

Here are some common reasons why you might be asked to undergo a consultative examination:

• Social Security decision makers need an expert opinion about your condition, but your doctor is not a specialist in treating the medical condition from which you suffer.
• You have symptoms and limitations that you have not discussed with your doctor and that still need to be evaluated.
• Your doctor has neglected or refused to send your medical records to your disability examiner.
• Your medical records are illegible or too old to provide a current picture of your medical condition.
• Your medical records are incomplete or contain conflicting information.
• You have not undergone specific tests that are needed to diagnose or assess your condition, or, if you have undergone them, the results have not been provided to your disability examiner.
• You have not been treated by a doctor at all or you have been treated, but not for the condition that is causing your impairment.

If you’ve been denied Social Security disability benefits, let experienced Ocala disability attorney CJ Henry help you with your appeal. To schedule a free initial evaluation of your case, fill out the form on this page.

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