Can I choose who will perform the special exam for my claim?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Social Security Disability

Sustaining or developing a disability can be life-altering, mainly if it affects your ability to work. Fortunately, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can help cover your basic needs while recovering. Still, it might only apply to qualifying conditions based on different factors. To determine your eligibility for this program, you may need to undergo a vetting process overseen by the agency.

Undergoing a special exam

These steps often involve reviewing and evaluating your medical records, including documents showing when your disability started, how long it can last, and what limitations it can cause. The agency could ask you to go through a special exam for additional information. In some cases, you could ask your preferred physician to conduct the examination. But sometimes, the agency may refer you to a doctor it chose. 

It could happen based on the circumstances only if the agency believes a specific specialist could provide the necessary information. Since it also requested the exam, the agency typically covers the costs, including the doctor’s fee and travel expenses, if applicable. After receiving the required details, Social Security can evaluate your claim and decide, including your eligibility and the amount you could receive through your benefits.

Preparing for any outcome

Receiving benefits through SSD could be a saving grace when you are in a challenging situation. However, there is no way to guarantee a favorable outcome despite going through the claims process. Sometimes, these procedures end in denial, which can be disappointing and discouraging.

Because of the varying possibilities, legal counsel could be helpful when filing your claim. Experienced insight could help you anticipate potential outcomes and prepare while addressing issues that may arise.