What Every Social Security Disability Applicant Needs to Know About Protecting Themselves from a Liar for Hire Consultative Examination
It is not uncommon for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to hire a consultive examiner to comment on your restrictions and functional capacity. The SSA must determine at Step 4 of the Five Step sequential evaluation whether you can return to your past relevant work and, at Step 5, if there is other work you can do in the national economy taking into consideration your functional capacity.
SSA will use the opinions of the consultive examiner to answer questions about your functional capacity.
Unfortunately, some of the consultive examiners hired by the SSA are “liars for hire.”
What You Should Do If You Are Scheduled For A Consultive Examination
Under the Social Security regulations, you must attend the consultive examination. However, there are things that you can do to protect yourself from an unfavorable opinion.
1. Bringing your medical records to the consultive examination and giving those records to the consultant;
2. Bring a list of your prescribed medications;
3. Bring a copy of any diaries of your symptoms that you have kept;
4. Bring a witness to observe the consultive examination or, if better yet, videotape it;
5. Time how long the examination lasts;
6. Write down your recollections about the examination as soon as possible;
7. Have any friends or family members that you brought to the consultive examination also write down their recollections about the examination.
What Should I Do If My Social Security Disability Claim Has Been Denied After a Consultive Examination?
You’ll have 60 days within which to file either a Request for Reconsideration or a Request for Hearing if your claim has been denied after a consultive examination. Don’t delay! If you don’t timely file, you’ll have to start the Social Security application process all over.
Just because a “liar for hire” says that you have the functional capacity to work, doesn’t mean that your claim will be denied by the Administrative Law Judge.
Don’t give up!
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