Social Security cases are driven by medical evidence. As a result, it is important for a person seeking Social Security benefits to seek treatment for his or her conditions. The more medical evidence there is to support the claim, the greater the likelihood of a favorable decision.
Unfortunately, however, many people find themselves in a situation where they are unable to seek medical treatment for an injury or condition due to a lack of insurance and a lack of money to pay for treatment out-of-pocket.
In those situations a person has the right to ask Social Security for a consultative examination by an independent physician. After the examination the physician is obligated to write a report determining the severity of the condition and whether or not the condition is disabling.
While a consultative examination is not a substitute for ongoing medical care, it can help to establish the existence of a medical condition and the extent to which such condition is disabling.
Make sure that you know all of your rights under Social Security. If you have a problem getting a copy of your Social Security file, or have any questions on Social Security, don’t hesitate to contact us.