Is it mandatory to go to a Social Security disability doctor appointment?
The answer is yes and no. What I mean is that a Social Security disability examiner may require a consultative medical examination to determine the status of your disabling conditions, although it is unlikely if you have good current medical records that address your impairments. If you do not have current medical treatment notes (within the last three months for Social Security disability purposes), which address your alleged medical and/or mental impairments, Social Security will most likely require you do attend a consultative examination.
So, yes, you do have to go the consultative examination, i.e. the social security medical exam. However, you have the prerogative to change an appointment if you find you are unable to attend the appointment due to prior commitments. The important thing here is to reschedule your social security medical exam rather than miss the examination altogether.
You may wonder what the difference is. The difference is this: if you do not attend your examination and do not reschedule the examination, you may be denied by Social Security. The Social Security Administration routinely denies disability claims based upon an individual's failure to attend a consultative examination, or failure to cooperate with any other request made by a Social Security disability examiner.
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