Consultative Examinations for Determining Disability
As part of the process of filing for long-term disability, the Social Security Administration requires that you provide medical reports that detail your injury or illness, prognosis, and work impairment. However, if the reports that you provide do not have enough information, you may be required to undergo consultative examinations to help the Social Security Administration with its decision.
No matter where you are in the disability application or appeals process, it can be difficult to navigate the paperwork necessary to prove your case. To help you in proving your long-term disability, you should contact a respected Indiana long-term disability attorney from Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633.
When Do You Need a Consultative Examination?
In some cases, the evidence for long-term disability that you provide in your original application is not enough for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make a definite decision. Thus, the SSA may ask you to undergo another consultative examination.
Independent Sources for Consultative Examinations
The SSA prefers that the original doctor who performed your treatment also performs your consultative examination and any additional testing necessary. However, there are times that you can have a consultative examination through an independent source, such as:
- If your original doctor chooses not to participate
- If the original testing facility does not have the necessary equipment to perform more diagnostics
- If your file provides inconsistencies in your medical records
- If you (or the SSA) prefers another source
In these cases, you may need to contact another physician – possibly a specialist – in order to help you complete you SSA benefits application.