One of the most important things that your Chicago disability lawyer can explain to you about your disability case is what to expect at a consultative examination. The administrative judge or the disability examiner may require this type of examination to determine the extent of your disability. Knowing what to expect during the exam will allow you to go through the process without issue.

Scheduling the Exam

If the disability examiner or the administrative judge requires a consultative exam, they will schedule the exam for you. There are no costs for this exam; all you need to do is show up on time for your appointment. You cannot reschedule this exam.

During The Exam

If you have a physical disability, the doctor is going to ask you a series of questions. These questions will include:

  • When did the impairment start?
  • What kind of symptoms did you first start to experience?
  • What symptoms are you currently experiencing?
  • What types of medications are you taking?
  • What limitations do you have because of the symptoms?

The doctor will also perform a physical exam and may order tests to be conducted. If you have a mental impairment, you will be examined by a psychologist or psychiatrist. During the examination the doctor will talk to you about how you cope with things, your ability to concentrate and follow directions, and how you react to other people.

Your Reactions During the Exam

It is very important that you arrive on time to the exam and that you are cooperative with the doctor. Even if the questions that are asked seem irrelevant or rude, do your best to answer in a polite manner. It is also wise to bring a friend or family member with you. Ask for them to enter the exam room with you. They can do things such as take notes on when the exam started and ended and what types of things the doctor did. This information will be very relevant to your Chicago disability lawyer if the report comes back in a negative manner against your case.

Speak to a Chicago Disability Lawyer Today

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be very complicated and frustrating. Daily Disability Law, PC understands the difficulties that you face. Speak to one of their experienced attorneys for free about filing for disability or if you have recently been denied benefits. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and to speak with a Chicago disability lawyer today.