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What is a Social Security Disability “Special Examination?”

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 11, 2012 | In Social Security Disability

What is a Social Security Disability “Special Examination?”

In some applications for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may ask for a “special examination.” A “special examination” is a certain medical examination or test the SSA needs in order to determine whether or not you qualify for disability benefits. The SSA pays for the test and may also pay for your transportation to and from the doctor’s office.

In most cases, the SSA will make the special examination appointment for you and tell you the date, time, and place. If you cannot keep your appointment, you should let the SSA know right away by calling the phone number on the appointment notice, so the text or examination may be rescheduled. If you don’t keep your appointment and don’t tell the SSA you can’t make it, the SSA may go ahead and decide your case without the special examination results. Without the results, you may be denied SSD benefits, so it’s important to get the special examination as soon as you can.

During the special examination, the doctor or medical team will perform the requested test or exam and send the results to the SSA. They will not be involved in the decision about your SSD benefits, however, as only the SSA makes that determination using the special examination results as part of its decision.

At The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, our experienced Los Angeles County Social Security disability benefits lawyers have helped hundreds of southern California residents get the Social Security disability benefits they need. For a free, confidential case evaluation, call us today at (800) 438-7734.

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