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The “Fake Bad Scale” – The Weapon Used to Deny Long Term Disability Cases – Florida Denied Long Term Disability Lawyer

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The “Fake Bad Scale” – The Weapon Used to Deny Long Term Disability Cases – Florida Denied Long Term Disability Lawyer

One of the most common tools used by long term disability companies to deny claims is to have an Independent Medical Psychological Examiner (not, as they are paid by the long term disability carrier) have you take the MMPI test. This test was created in the 1930s at the University of Minnesota and has been used to “detect certain personality traists and emotional strengths and weaknesses.”

As reported in a StarTribune.com  article, the MMPI was given a “face-lift” and was renamed the MMPI-2 in 1989. There is a “bitter feud among leading scholars” because of the newly added “Fake Bad Scale”.  I have seen, as the  article points out, the Fake Bad Scale being used to discredit people who are claiming to be disabled.

This test has been used to label long term disability applicants and people who have been involved in accidents are fakers, frauds and malingers. Even worse, this test has been relied on by long term disability carriers and Judges to deny valid disability claims.

Dr. James Butcher, a co-author of the revisions and an author of many books about the test, was quoted as saying “They have changed the MMPI so drastically it is not the same instrument.”

If the long term disability carrier sets you up for an “independent psychological or psychariatric examination”, call Florida Denied Disability Insurance Lawyer Nancy Cavey. Don’t allow yourself to be labeled a fraud or exaggerating your symptoms!

http://www.startribune.com/templates/fdcp?1250094512534

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