On March 26, 2019, I received a letter from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (the “State agency”) that said “it is necessary for [my client] to be evaluated by one or more of our doctors.” Previously, the State agency had sent four other letters stating that it was necessary for the claimant to be examined by IMA Disability Services (“IMA”).
My client is a 61 year old former nursing assistant with various musculoskeletal problems. Her application for Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits was approved today without a hearing. While the claimant went to IMA, the exam was not completed because she insisted on video recording it.
New York State has one of the highest, if not the highest, rate of SSD claimants being sent for exams by State agency doctors. The excessive boondoggle should be investigated because there are thousands of SSD claimants being sent for exams that are NOT necessary.Previous Next
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