Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tulsa Disability Attorney: Problems with the Consultative Exam

In Monday’s post, we discussed the reasons that the Social Security Administration (SSA) may request that an applicant for disability benefits go through a “consultative exam.” The purpose of these exams is to get a clearer medical history and understanding of the applicant’s disabling condition before making a decision on whether or not to approve benefits. Unfortunately, these consultative exams may in fact hurt an applicant’s chances of being approved for benefits in the long run. There is evidence that suggests these exams are not very thorough and may not help an applicant give the SSA a full understanding of his or her disability. A doctor who is contracted by the SSA to evaluate an applicant’s disability has never before met the applicant. Preferably, an applicant would have a relationship with a doctor who understands his or her medical history and could provide a clearer understanding of the applicant’s debilitating…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney Discusses the Need for Consultative Exams

Some applicants for disability benefits may receive a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) requesting that they submit for an official medical examination. These exams are called “consultative exams” and are performed by doctors contracted by the SSA. The SSA may request a consultative exam for several reasons. These may include: The applicant’s doctor did not provide the SSA with adequate or timely medical information The applicant’s doctor did not respond to questions or requests for more information about the applicant’s medical history. The applicant’s medical records do not show evidence of follow-up visits to evaluate any progress or improvement in the applicant’s condition. The applicant has not been seen by a doctor who can verify the applicant’s disability claim The SSA does not have its own medical team; they contract out doctors for these examinations. These exams may be physical, mental or psychological evaluations. They may include bloodwork,…
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Tulsa Disability Lawyers Discuss Oklahoma’s Efforts to Get People Back to Work

Many people who receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) suffer from permanently debilitating injuries or conditions. In order to qualify for benefits, the applicants must show medical evidence that their conditions prevent them from working for at least a year. For many of them, the disability lasts much longer that a year. In fact, the most common reasons that benefits cease is because recipients age into the retirement benefits category or they pass away. However, some people do see their health improve enough that they stop receiving benefits and return to work. Last year, an Oklahoma state agency helped 82 people return to full-time work. In a state where one in six people are listed as “disabled,” this number may seem miniscule. However, an article in Tulsa World states that those 82 people will ultimately save the federal government $11.2 million dollars in their lifetimes. According to…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: SSA Encourages Direct Deposit for Benefits

On Monday we discussed the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) recent announcement that March 1, 2013 will be the deadline for all benefits recipients to move to a paperless system. Currently, only about 3 percent of payments are sent out by paper check, but this move could potentially affect those 5 million people who still wait for their benefits in the mail each month. Other than saving the government a great deal of money, the SSA claims that this move to a no-paper system will help keep recipients’ money safer each month. Instead of sending out a check each month, disability benefits would be automatically deposited into a bank account. Many people rely on their disability benefits to pay their monthly bills, and a lost or stolen check can put a person in extreme financial hardship. However, some people who receive benefits do not have bank accounts, and instead use private…
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