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What happens after a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim has been taken and is Pending

Once your disability case has been assigned to a disability examiner (examiners make decisions on cases at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels, but not at the disability hearing levels), you may be asked to either provide additional information or attend an examination appointment.

If you get a letter stating that you must go to an examination, this will be something known as a CE, or consultative examination. A CE is conducted by a psychologist or physician to either--

A) Provide the social security administration with information that your own records may be lacking. For example, you may have indicated on your disability application that you have depression but have never been treated for this.


B) To provide recent medical records (SSA defines "recent" as within the last 90 days) that your case file is missing. Note: to be considered disabled, the social security administration must have proof that your state of disability exists as of the time that your claim is being considered. This means that the disability examiner or the disability judge must have access to current records.

Most consultative exams are short physical exams and they basically add nothing to the case credentials. They simply allow the disability examiner to make a decision on the case since the examiner is required to have recent evidence. However, sometimes a CE will be scheduled only to have an xray done, or to have either a psychiatric exam, or a memory evaluation, or even mental IQ testing conducted.

If SSA asks you to go to a CE, you should not miss the appointment. Missing the appointment will require rescheduling which will potentially adds weeks or months to your case. Also, and this is important, if you repeatedly fail to attend scheduled exam appointments or simply refuse to go, your case can be denied because you have failed to cooperate.

In addition to keeping your examination appointments, you avoid lags in the processing of your case by providing any added information that is requested by a disability examiner, such as reqarding your work history, or your ADLs, which means "activities of daily living".

Occasionally, a disability examiner will send a claimant a work history report form, or a daily activities questionaire. If you get one, complete it immediately and return it to the examiner. If you get something known as a call-in letter from the examiner, which simpy asks you to contact the examiner by phone (usually within 10 days), return the call immediately.

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    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

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    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers

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    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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

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    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

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    How to apply for disability and where to apply
    Filing an Application for Disability Benefits under SSD or SSI - Step by Step
    Tips on how to file for disability
    What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
    What happens after I file my disability claim with Social Security?
    What happens after a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim has been taken and is Pending
    If you get denied on a disability application do you have to file a new application?
    How the Decision on a Disability Application or Appeal Under SSDI or SSI is Made
    The regulation for SSDI Retroactive Benefits?
    Why does a disability claim take so long and is it harder if I am under age 55?
    Getting a Disability Lawyer in Georgia
    Denied Disability Appeal Georgia

    These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

    Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
    How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
    Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
    What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
    How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
    How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
    Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
    Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria