Our office has been advised that due to low funds, no consultative examinations will be scheduled by the Disability Determination Services of Alabama through September 15, 2019 through September 30, 2019. A consultative examination (CE) is an examination by a physician that is ordered by Social Security for Claimants to help decide whether they meet the criteria for Social Security disability. CEs are usually ordered by either the Disability Determination Services or an Administrative Law Judge at the hearing level when the Claimant’s own medical sources are inadequate to determine if the Claimant is disabled. A CE is not conducted in order to provide the Claimant with medical advice or treatment. Rather, it is an examination that is supposed to assess the severity of a Claimant’s medical impairments as well as any limitations that are a result of these impairments. The examination can either be a physical examination or psychological examination. It can also be blood work, x-rays, or a nerve conduction study.
The doctors who perform the examination do not work for Social Security but are independent contractors with the Social Security Administration. They are paid by Social Security but are supposed to remain impartial. The doctors, and sometimes nurse practitioners, are required to give a thorough examination and then provide Social Security with a detailed report. If Social Security orders a CE, Claimants are required to attend. Social Security can deny a person’s benefits for failing to show for the exam. Claimants are also required to bring identification to the CE or the exam cannot be performed.
For more information on consultative examination, contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney at Gardberg and Kemmerly, P.C. at (251) 343-1111. Gardberg and Kemmerly, P.C. represents Social Security disability claimants in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana at all levels of the disability process from initial application to appeals in Federal Court.