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Information about the Consultative Examination

  • Published: September 18, 2014

As part of your SSD case, you must take a consultative examination at the request of the Social Security Administration. If you are represented by an Ocala Social Security attorney, he or she will be able make arrangements for the exam, but you can ask your own doctor to perform the exam if you prefer.

An Ocala Social Security Attorney Explains Who Will Conduct Your Consultative Examination

Independent doctors and psychologists in private practice will be chosen by the Social Security Administration to perform consultative examinations and submit reports. The SSA will make arrangements for you to be examined by a doctor with applicable skills and credentials. They will also try to schedule your examination at a location close to your home, but you might have to travel far to meet with a credentialed specialist.

An Ocala Social Security Attorney Answers Whether Your Own Doctor Can Perform the Examination

If your own doctor has the appropriate skills and credentials, he or she will be to perform your consultative examination if they agree to do so. For instance, if you have congestive heart failure and your physician is a cardiologist, the SSA will allow your doctor to conduct the exam. As your Ocala Social Security lawyer will tell you, the SS regulation actually prefers your own treating doctor to perform the exam.

Your Ocala Social Security Attorney Will Tell You What Steps You Must Take If You Want Your Doctor to Perform the Exam

For your own physician to conduct your consultative examination, you must first get the permission from the SSA or, more specifically, the disability examiner handling your claim or an administrative law judge. In addition, your doctor will have to agree to perform the exam. Your Ocala Social Security lawyer will assist you in making the proper arraignments.

However, your lawyer will advise you that many treating doctors will decline to perform the exam, due to the small compensation paid by the SSA or, more likely, their fear of potential backlash from the claimant if the exam does not result in disability benefits.

Our Ocala Social Security attorney at the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC will take all the necessary steps to obtain your SSD benefits. For a free initial consultation, please call us today at 1-352-304-5300.

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