Your health has made it impossible for you to continue working, so you’ve filed a claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Knowing that these claims are never processed quickly, you were prepared for a wait.
You weren’t prepared for Social Security to send you to a consultative exam with some strange doctor you’ve never met. What’s going on?
Consultative exams are used in numerous cases
After you file a disability application, Social Security makes an attempt to get enough medical records to either approve or deny your claim. That isn’t always possible. Sometimes the medical records are vague, sometimes they’re lost and sometimes a provider is simply bad about turning them over. Whatever the situation, there’s just not enough there to approve your claim.
On the other hand, there’s no clear basis for a denial, either — so, in some ways, a consultative exam can be considered a positive sign for your case.
Yet, you need to be wary.
Consultative exams have a lot of pitfalls
Most of the time, the doctors who do these consultative exams are very conscious of the fact that if they appear too “claimant friendly,” they may not continue to receive these lucrative referrals from the government.
Consultative doctors have been known to be dismissive, arbitrary or just plain suspicious of every statement a disability applicant makes unless they can back up their claims with cold, hard lab reports. You cannot treat this appointment like an ordinary visit with your own doctor or specialist.
When you’re struggling to win approval of your Social Security Disability claim, it pays to have some experienced assistance on your side. Please continue reviewing our website to learn more about how we can help.