Some applicants for disability benefits may receive a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) requesting that they submit for an official medical examination. These exams are called “consultative exams” and are performed by doctors contracted by the SSA.
The SSA may request a consultative exam for several reasons. These may include:
- The applicant’s doctor did not provide the SSA with adequate or timely medical information
- The applicant’s doctor did not respond to questions or requests for more information about the applicant’s medical history.
- The applicant’s medical records do not show evidence of follow-up visits to evaluate any progress or improvement in the applicant’s condition.
- The applicant has not been seen by a doctor who can verify the applicant’s disability claim
The SSA does not have its own medical team; they contract out doctors for these examinations. These exams may be physical, mental or psychological evaluations. They may include bloodwork, x-rays or other screenings, but they are not targeted toward treating or improving a condition. Unfortunately, these exams are not the best way for applicants to receive disability benefits quickly. An experienced attorney can help you obtain and include all relevant medical information in your application the first time around.
If you have questions about your application for disability benefits, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney for more information and a free evaluation. You may also contact us by phone at (918) 587-0050.