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What to Know About Social Security Medical Exams

Published on January 30th, 2018

If you’ve applied for social security disability you may be required to have a consultative medical examination. The person examining your case to determine if you qualify for disability will require recent medical information in order to close the case. This means that if you have not seen doctors in the last 90 days you will likely be scheduled to have a medical exam.

A disability lawyer in Oak Ridge has knowledge and experience that can help you win your disability claim. This question and answer guide was created to educate you on Social Security medical exams so you can get the benefits you deserve.

Do I have a Choice?

The Social Security medical exams are not optional. If you do not attend, your claim will likely be denied. The examinations can be rescheduled if you miss an examination but have a valid reason such as a medical emergency.

Who Pays for the Exam?

The examination is part of the application process and will be paid for by the Social Security Administration. The exam can include a wide range of services such as x-ray or a full psychological exam depending on your claim. But regardless of the type of examination, you will not be responsible to pay.

Who Will Examine Me?

The doctors are not employees of the Social Security Administration. They are independently contracted doctors hired to perform the examination. This means that they can have varied backgrounds, but will always be a licensed physician. It’s important to know that the doctor may not have positive feelings towards disability applicants. Remain cordial and give them all the information they ask for.

How Important is this Examination to my Claim?

This medical examination is a formality in the claims process. Your examiner needs a recent medical examination in order to close the case. Also, one examination by a doctor who doesn’t know your medical history is unlikely to carry as much weight as everything else that has been submitted. That being said, it is necessary to comply with the examination to receive your benefits.

Call A Disability Lawyer in Oak Ridge

A disability lawyer in Oak Ridge can help you win your case and ensure you get the benefits you deserve. Thanks to our years of experience and deep knowledge of disability claims at Miller & Drozdowski, P.C., we can make sure the process is as pain-free as possible. Call us today at 865-637-0515.

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