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When you file for disability, you may be requested to go to a medical exam. "Consultative exams" are often required by the Social Security Administration because the claimant (applicant) either has not received treatment for their condition recently (within the past 60 days), or has no medical records that support a finding of disability.
Consultative exams can be done by your treating doctor or by an independent doctor who contracts with the Social Security Administration. If you're sent to a Social Security doctor, you should know what to expect.
Questions on Physical Consultative Exams
A physical consultative exam may only last a few minutes and be done by a doctor who doesn't have your best interests in mind. The most important thing to do is to show up.
Questions on Mental Consultative Exams
You could be sent to a mental exam to test your IQ or memory, your psychological state, or whether you have any psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.
The content on this site is managed by Beth Laurence. Beth manages a group of lawyers and disability advocates that offer free information for people trying to win disability benefits through Social Security.