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FAQ: Can I Have My Doctor Perform My Consultative Exam?

  • Published: January 2, 2014

You might be asked to take a consultative examination as part of your disability claim. Talk to your disability attorney in Ocala Florida about this if you have any questions.

Who Will Administer the Exam on Me?

The SSA has agreements with various doctors and psychologists in private practice to conduct these exams. Your disability attorney in Ocala Florida might know who some of them are. The SSA will have you see a practitioner with the appropriate skills and credentials for the type of exam that is being performed, ideally at a facility near your location. Unfortunately, some claimants have to travel in order to get to the nearest specialist; ask your disability lawyer in Ocala Florida if he knows of any closer doctors.

Can I Have My Own Doctor Do the Exam?

If your primary physician has the necessary skills and credentials the SSA is requesting, then you should be able to have your own doctor perform the exam. Your disability attorney in Ocala Florida will know whether this is feasible. For example, if you have a heart condition and your doctor is a cardiologist, the SSA may allow your doctor to perform the exam. SSA regulations say that an exam by a familiar doctor is often preferred.

How Can I Arrange to Have My Doctor Perform the Exam?

Before the exam, you will need the disability examiner at SSA in charge of your case to sign off. Obviously, your doctor also needs to agree to do it. Your disability lawyer in Ocala Florida can help make these arrangements if necessary.

Your disability attorney in Ocala Florida might tell you that treating doctors are sometimes reluctant to perform consultative exams because the fee is so small, or more often, they feel it would impinge on the doctor-patient relationship and make the doctor responsible for the claim’s final decision.

For more information about how consultative exams might affect your disability claim, call a disability attorney in Ocala Florida at CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC. Call 352-304-5300 today.

Claudeth Henry

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