Has Social Security sent you to a doctor for an examination? Here are some things you should know when going to a consultative examination.
The examination begins earlier than you think:
- You are observed from the moment you enter the office.
- The observation continues in the waiting area and you may even be observed when you walk back to your car.
- The examination may include how you walk from the waiting area to the examination room and your ability to climb on and off of the examination table.
Your behavior may then become part of the doctor’s report to Social Security.
In my experience, the chance of a Social Security consultative examination proving that you are disabled is quite low. Normally, they mostly bolster Social Security’s denial of your claim. However, you can take that statement with a grain of salt. Most consultative examinations take place BEFORE the initial decision and individuals usually contact an attorney AFTER they are denied. So, I do not see the case where the consultative examination was helpful, because it results in an approval.