When it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications for benefits, a consultative exam refers to a medical examination conducted by a healthcare professional, usually at the request of the Social Security Administration (SSA).
When you apply for SSDI, the SSA reviews your medical records and other supporting documentation to evaluate the severity of your impairments and how they affect your ability to work. In some cases, the information provided may be insufficient, incomplete, or outdated.
What Is a Consultative Exam?
The consultative exam is typically conducted by a healthcare professional who is contracted by the SSA but is not your regular treating physician. The specific type of healthcare professional you see will depend on your medical condition
During the consultative exam, the healthcare professional will perform a thorough examination, which may include a physical examination, medical tests, interviews, and evaluations tailored to your specific condition. They will gather information about your medical history, symptoms, limitations, and functional abilities.
How Claimants Should Prepare for the Exam
Get the most out of this exam by seeking help from a Social Security lawyer. They can help you be prepared for every aspect of the SSDI applicant and claim process. Speak to a Social Security disability lawyer about your case today.Share
15 June 2023
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