Should You Trust the Social Security Disability Doctor?

A lot of men and women who file for handicap are perplexed Security Disability doctor. They assume that Social Security has physicians on its payroll who work together to find reasons to deny the application and examine applicants.

Disability examiners in DDS review original appeals upon reviewing the applicant’s medical documents based on both the physical and mental conditions for the SSA and all original applications. After the disability examiner has made a decision, the decision is reviewed by the physician.

This is not entirely true. Social Security does have doctors whom it employs to help make decisions on promises. These physicians are indeed employees of the SSA and are assigned to a particular unit at the state Disability Determination Services (DDS) agency.

As they are solely in the employment of the Social Security Administration, these doctors and psychologists are Social Security Disability doctors in the genuine sense. In addition, the opinions of unit doctors within DDS are given more weight than those of their disability examiners themselves and frequently override the examiner decisions.

Many individuals have reported that the independent doctors performing these exams are unnecessarily rude and that the examinations are so brief and perfunctory they could not possibly provide a picture of a disability claimant’s authentic physical or mental limitations. In fact, the ordinary CE takes about 15 to 20 minutes, which certainly appears to be little more than a mere formality.

These SSA-employed doctors review claims based on physical impairments, while a psychological consultant (usually a licensed psychologist versus a psychiatrist) reviews examiner decisions regarding claims based on psychological conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, mania etc.

There is another type of doctor, one which disability applicants may be required to meet with, and this type of doctor is not truly a “Social Security Doctor.”

In cases in which a disability applicant doesn’t have any recent (within the past few months) medical documentation to support the claim that he or she is currently handicapped, a consultative exam (CE) is normally required by the disability examiner prior to making a determination on a claim.

Doctors who perform CEs are separate doctors, in that they have their own personal practices, and are contracted with Social Security to perform CEs. The idea is to have a non-biased opinion concerning the applicant’s state of health, although this can be debatable.

Your best bet, if you are considering applying for Social Security disability, is to establish a relationship with a treating physician who is sympathetic to your application for disability, and keep regular appointments with him so that you will have no need to rely on the opinion of Social Security disability physicians, independent or otherwise.

What Happens After You See a Disability Doctor

After you see a disability doctor, after the examination, the doctor will complete a report which will include the claimant’s main medical complaint, a detailed synopsis of the person’s major complaints, a report of the positive and negative findings based on the history, examination, and laboratory findings found during the course of the exam, and a diagnosis and prognosis for the claimant.

How to Find a Good Disability Doctor

You need to be aware of and carefully weigh the pros and cons of finding a new provider, in finding a good disability doctor.

Pros

Here are some pros to finding a disability physician.

  • A disability doctor understands better how your claim will impact your life and might be more familiar with your condition.
  • A disability physician may be more familiar with the disability process.
  • A disability doctor may have trained staff in responding to requests from the SSA and your attorney for information.
  • A disability doctor might be more sympathetic to individuals.

Cons

Below are a few cons to finding a disability doctor.

  • A fresh doctor could have a similar opinion with the previous doctor assisting you.
  • The SSA may be less inclined to accept the opinion of the doctor

Social Security Disability Doctor’s Appointment

The Social Security Disability Doctor Appointment is called a CE. Some people who apply for Social Security Disability are required to undergo a CE.

The CE is typically needed in cases where the claimant has no medical records that record his state of health. Social Security defines “recent” as within the last 60 days, so those who have not seen a doctor for their disability will likely be sent to get a CE. However, it’s important to note that a disability examiner can send a claimant for a CE at clarification regarding the limitations or any time the examiner feels he needs more information.

The bottom line is simply this: Social Security disability and SSI cases take too long to pursue, and are too hard to fight, only to find in the last minute that a handicap physician will not be supportive of your claim for disability benefits.

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