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Definition of Consultative Examination

Disability applicants who have met the nonmedical requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) but do not have sufficient evidence to prove they are disabled, have not recently seen a doctor, or have not seen the proper specialist may be sent for a consultative examination (CE). The consultative examination is a medical evaluation performed by a consultative examiner.

The consultative examiner will review the claimant's medical information, perform an exam, and send information about the claimant's ability to work to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The consultative examiner will not make a disability determination. This is done by the SSA after they receive the consultative examiner's report.

Some claimants rely on the consultative examination to win SSDI or SSI benefits. This is a mistake. Many claimants complain that the consultative examination is nothing more than a cursory examination which may last as little as 10 minutes. All claimants should get appropriate medical care from a professional medical doctor to help them win their disability case.

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