A consultative exam is a medical examination that the Social Security Disability Administration (SSA) may request that you undertake if you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits. A consultative exam is required if the SSA disability claims examiner does not have enough information on the basis of your submitted medical records or if you have not been to the doctor recently. The purpose is to provide the SSA with enough information about your medical condition so a determination can be made regarding whether or not you are eligible for benefits.
You do not have to be afraid of a consultative exam, but you should be prepared for what the exam will involve. Your regular doctor can conduct the exam if he is willing, but will need to make sure to provide the necessary information the Social Security Administration requires. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can help you to prepare for your exam and to make certain that you submit the needed details to maximize the chances of your claim being approved.
Undergoing a Consultative Exam
When you are asked to undergo a consultative exam, the good news is that you've moved passed an initial review of your Social Security disability benefits claim without an outright denial. Since more than half of all claims for benefits are denied, it is good news that you are at least being asked to undergo an exam.
During your exam, you should make certain you discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor. You will qualify for Social Security Disability only if you have a severe qualifying medical condition and required accompanying symptoms as defined by the Social Security Administration. You need to have medical proof of your symptoms and of the severity of your condition.
A Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer can help you to understand the types of symptoms and the kinds of evidence required to prove you have a covered disabling condition. Contact an attorney as soon as a consultative exam is requested by the SSA so you can get help trying to get benefits.