The majority of Social Security disability claimants are scheduled for consultative examinations at some point during the claim process. The main concern for every claimant scheduled for a consultative examination is who will perform the exam. If you have been scheduled for a consultative exam, your Ocala Social Security disability attorney can guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
Consultative exams are not conducted by doctors who work for the Social Security Administration (SSA). In fact, the SSA does not even hire doctors for the purpose of conducting consultative exams. The doctors who conduct these exams are independent physicians who have been contracted to perform such services for the SSA.
The issue that may concern your Ocala Social Security disability attorney is the fact that, unfortunately, the doctors hired by the SSA to conduct consultative exams are usually doctors whose medical specialties have nothing to do with your physical or mental condition.
In some instances, your Ocala Social Security disability attorney may successfully request the SSA to allow your own treating physician to perform the consultative examination. However, it should be noted that even when the SSA grants this request, most doctors are generally not willing to perform consultative exams because of the relatively small fee required, as well as their desire to preserve doctor-patient relationships.
For more information regarding your consultative examination or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Ocala Social Security disability attorney CJ Henry, call (352) 304-5300.