I represent a 60 year old former institutional cook whose Social Security Disability (“SSD”) application was approved today, but not before IMA Disability Associates (“IMA”) sent over a half dozen letters insisting that he must attend a consultative examination (“CE”). My client did not.
On October 22, 2015 and October 23, 2016, the State agency sent letters stating that the claimant “must” attend a CE because it was “necessary” for him to be examined by IMA. Both letters were received on October 26, 2015. That day, I faxed the State agency a detailed seven page letter explaining the reasons why scheduling a CE with IMA was improper. My letter specified that the claimant was not refusing to attend a CE, but asked the State agency to address the questions raised in my letter raised first.
On November 5, 2015, the State agency refused to address the issues raised in my October 26, 2015, and said that this was the claimant’s last chance to attend a CE. The State agency then send another notice on November 10, 2015, reiterating that the claimant “must” attend a CE because it was “necessary” for him to be examined by IMA. On November 12, 2015, I replied that the claimant would attend the CE as soon as the State agency responded to the matters raised in my October 26, 2015 letter.
The State agency continued to refuse to cooperate, and instead, on November 16, 2015, sent yet another CE notice stating that the claimant “must” attend a CE on November 16, 2015, because it was “necessary” for him to be examined by IMA. On November 18, 2015, I faxed the State agency we received their letter on November 17, 2015, the day after the CE was scheduled. Moreover, I advised the State agency that I sent them a detailed report from the claimant’s pain management specialist, together with a lumbar spine MRI, which obviated any supposed need for the CE. I added that if they believed otherwise, then respond to each of the matters raised in my October 26, 2015 letter.
The State agency never attempted to address any of the issues raised in my October 26, 2015 letter, and it did finally approve SSD benefits, but the claimant never went to IMA for a CE. The question is, why does the State agency keep telling claimants that claimants “must” attend IMA CEs when that is not true.