If you just found out that you have to attend a consultative examination for your disability case you are probably nervous and wondering what will happen.

Depending on what type of impairment you have, you may or may not need to undergo a complete physical examination. You may only have to take a few diagnostic tests such as a breathing test or stress test or just have to do blood tests if something less than a complete examination is required. If a complete examination is required, the doctor will probably take your medical history, give you a physical, and administer laboratory and other diagnostic tests. If your impairment is a mental one, you will probably have to take various tests administered by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

You may be wondering if you will have to pay the doctor for the exam. You can set your mind at ease if this is one of your concerns. SSA pays for all consultative exams and reports.

Even if you are very nervous about the exam, it is important that you show up for it. Why? Failing to show up for the exam is one of the worst things you can do because it makes you appear to be “uncooperative” and as if you have something to hide. If you have good cause for not attending the exam, it can be rescheduled. However, if you do not have good cause, the SSA will make a decision based only on the medical evidence in your file. If that evidence is inadequate (and it probably is) then your claim will be denied.

 Part 3: Who Will Perform my Consultative Examination? (coming soon)