Social Security Initial Exam

Many times, once someone has applied for Social Security Disability or filed a request for hearing, the Social Security Administration will send them for a consultative examination which is paid for by the Social Security Administration. The consultative examiner is supposed to receive the Disability report which the Social Security claimant has completed, a copy of the relevant medical evidence and any questionnaires the claimant has completed (POMS DI 22510.016 C.1.a.). However, in reality, may times the consultative examiner has not received anything before the exam and then prepares a report. It is the claimant and/or attorneys role to investigate and research what evidence the consultative examiner viewed before completion of the report if it will be relied upon by the Administrative Law Judge.

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Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.