What To Know About SSDI Medical Exams

What To Know About SSDI Medical Exams

When any applicant makes a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), they must prove that what they suffer from falls under the strict definition of disability as laid forth by the Social Security Administration. Part of proving this disability may mean that the applicant is required to submit medical exams or tests to help verify information provided on the application.

Knowing What to Expect For the Best Results

A medical test as requested by the Social Security Administration will be administered by a physician of their choosing. While this may seem like a conflict of interest for the doctor, this person will have a say in the outcome of the case, so it is important to treat them with respect.

At the medical exam, the doctor may:

  • Conduct an initial examination
  • Request studies to help determine physical limitations
  • Evaluate the results of the physical examination
  • Document findings of the examination
  • Provide Social Security with a professional opinion on the disability

A patient should carefully explain their symptoms, any side effects, and personal limitations. Stay away from lying or exaggerating since the doctor may perform tests to challenge these claims and threaten the credibility of the claim.

Additional medical testing is not required of every person that applies for SSDI, but when it is requested, it is important to submit this information as soon as possible to obtain benefits quickly. The goals of these tests will only be to confirm the presence or extent of a reported disability and can help work in an applicant's favor when a decision regarding the claim is eventually reached.

For any concerns about an upcoming SSDI medical exam, consult the attorneys at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. We further guide an applicant through their medical exam and let them know what to expect in the process.