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What Are Consultative Medical Exams?

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: November 18, 2015
Social Security Back Pay Benefits

In some cases, the Social Security Administration may require you to undergo a consultative medical exam. The claims examiner in your place may ask you to undergo a medical checkup or an examination by a doctor.

This consultative medical exam is not conducted by a doctor who works for the federal agency. These doctors are independent physicians, who might be contracted by the Social Security Administration to perform such medical exams.

A consultative medical exam might be ordered when the claims examiner in your case finds that there isn’t enough medical evidence of the impairment. If you have not provided enough documentation, you might find yourself having to undergo a consultative exam. These examinations are meant to determine the extent of your limitations or your disability. Discuss these exams in detail with a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer.

If you have been asked to undergo a consultative medical exam, there is no need to worry. Typically, these exams are very brief, and may take just a few minutes. These exams also do not happen to be intensive medical exams, and you may find that the doctor in your exam does not even bother to read your file before the exam.

If a consultative medical exam has been scheduled for you, it isn’t necessarily bad news. However it does mean that your claim is being processed. It can however also mean, that you have provided very little medical evidence or documentation about impairment. For instance, if you have not had very frequent medical appointments, you may not have the kind of medical documentation that the Social Security Administration typically requires before approving the claim. In many cases, a consultative medical exam may be a formality before a claim is denied.

It’s best to have professional legal guidance when you are dealing with the Social Security Administration. Speak to a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits lawyer for help.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.