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What does it mean when I have to see another doctor for SSDI?



 
It does not necessarily mean anything good or bad. Social Security disability examiners have to have certain information to make a disability determination. They sometimes have to schedule consultative examinations with private doctors to get the needed information.

For example, many disability applicants apply for disability on the basis of certain medical conditions, and the disability examiner discovers another condition within the medical notes that has to be addressed prior to their making a determination. Most often this is a mention of depression or anxiety. If this occurs and there is no medical treatment notes to provide a mental status, the examiner may need to schedule the applicant with a consultative examination doctor.

Perhaps, you have medical records that address your disabling conditions but they are more than ninety days old. In this case, the disability examiner may send you for a consultative examination for a current assessment of your conditions.



Lastly, you may have current medical treatment notes but they are not thorough enough to address all the points needed for a disability determination. Keep in mind, doctors write their medical notes for their own use, not for Social Security disability examiners, or their patients. In this case, the disability examiner may have you see another doctor to clarify the severity of your disabling condition.

In conclusion, there are many reasons you might have to see another doctor for SSDI and it is not good or bad. Most often the examination is just a way for the disability examiner to get a clearer picture of the limitations imposed upon you by your disabling condition or conditions.








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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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