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How to win Disability

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Disability for Mental

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Disability through SSA

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How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

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Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

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When you file for disability do you have to see their doctors?

"When you file for disability do you have to see their doctors?"

Not always. In many cases, however, a person will be sent to what is known as a consultative examination with an independent physician. The examination is paid for by the Social Security administration and is performed by a private physician or psychologist if the examination is of a mental nature.

Most of the time the examination is a physical exam. It usually does not last very long. Perhaps 10 to 20 minutes. In most cases, when a person is sent to a consultative examination, it is because Social Security does not have access to recent records, meaning something that is not older than 90 days in the medical records that have been gathered.

Here are some pages that discuss Social Security medical exams:

1. What triggers the scheduling of an examination?

2. Medical Exams and How they affect Disability Claims

3. What types of doctors do Social Security examinations?

4. What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

The Social Security Disability Doctor Appointment is Called a CE
What is the Purpose of the Social Security Disability SSI Medical Exam, or CE?
Social Security Consultative Medical Exams and How they affect Disability Claims
Social Security Administration Mental Consultative Exam (CE)
What can I expect from a Social Security Mental Examination or Evaluation?
Social Security Disability Claims and Medical Exams
Why does Social Security or DDS disregard my doctor's statement supporting my case?
When you file for disability do you have to see their doctors?
Social Security Disability Approval and Denial Rates
Social Security Attorneys and Disability Representatives
Disability lawyers - basic questions for Social Security help

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to file for disability and the information needed by Social Security
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?
Filing and applying for disability in Texas