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Ssd... Is Medical Exam A Must?

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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if they have ever have gotten SSD without a medical exam from the state doctor?

I applied about 3 years ago and had to see a state appointed doctor.

Now that I re-applied, because of even more seriuos conditions, do I have to see a doctor again from the state or will they just go by my own doctors diagnosis'?

If so how long does this usually take. I don't remember it taking this long last time I applied. I know they tell you 120 day which is on my letter from them, but we all know that is onoly a number and not neccessarily an acurate timeframe.

Thanks in advance

Tamara

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Guest jangrin

My husband was just awarded SSD, eight months from start to finish. We got the letter from SSA that said, that after SS reviewed his medical records if they we not sufficient to make a ruling or determination they would request he be examined by a doctor who is familiar with the SSD requirements.

Needless to say they wanted the SSD doctors opinion. I have never heard of anyone who did not have to go to the SSD doctor for an exam. It was 5 months before he was given the appt. for SSD exam.

Jangrin

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I did not go to a SSD doctor at any time.

I supplied letters, Two from va doctors, one from army doctor, and one from civillian doctor.

I was awarded SSD by ALJ without a lawyer....

SSD has never seen my actual medical records

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Yeah I got SSD without exam just VAMC records that I turned in. I also got it in a month and a half after filing. Yes I couldnt believe it either, It was because I had all the stuff in my VA records that they needed to determine it. I will say this though I was able to get the whole record that disability determinations uses to issue the SSD and I didnt like what I saw. In the record there were numerous comments from the person in the front of the office that I thought was a secretary that turned out to be one of their counselors that was trying desperately to get my case denied by writing emails to the doctors reviewing my case. I was lucky that the doctors didnt take heed to her crappy emails. (things like "he seemed fine when he came in. How could he be agoraphobic and come in here"?) stuff like that. Any way it is possible to do it. You just have to have all your paperwork in order with all the right things said by the doctors and a little luck.

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What VA files did you give them. All I have is the letter from getting awarded the 60%. Will that work? It has a ton of info on it. I also have a letter form own doctor stating I remain unable to work. I should probably have them reword it for me. I really need this.

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