As your Ocala disability lawyer will explain, part of the process in obtaining Social Security disability benefits includes submitting to a consultative examination. Many clients are apprehensive about undergoing an examination by a new or different physician, and this is understandable.
If you are faced with the requirement to endure a consultative examination, there are a few key points to understand before getting started.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) selects the doctor that will perform your consultative examination. The SSA enters into contracts with doctors and specialists to perform these tests and will try to choose a doctor as close to your area as possible. The doctor will have practice experience in the area of medicine pertaining to your condition which may require, in some situations, the need to travel a greater distance for the examination.
It may be possible for your own doctor to perform the examination, provided he or she possesses the appropriate skills and credentials as required by the SSA. If you are suffering from a debilitating orthopedic condition, for example, the SSA may prefer for your long-term treating physician to examine you and generate a report.
The SSA must approve any physician performing a consultative examination. Your Ocala disability lawyer can assist you in obtaining SSA approval if you would like your own doctor to perform the exam. This is accomplished either through approval by the SSA agent reviewing your case or the administrative law judge assigned to your upcoming hearing. Either way, your Ocala disability lawyer is experienced in handling this type of request.
For more information about the consultative examination, or to speak to an Ocala disability lawyer with years of experience, contact CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC at 352-304-5300.