We represent a claimant for Social Security Disability ("SSD") benefits. His claim was approved today without a hearing, even though Social Security rarely does this anymore.
We had filed a request with the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) when the claimant attended a Consultative Exam (CE) at IMA in January, only to be told when he got there that the doctor wasn't in. We filed the FOIA request because we wanted to show that fraud was being committing, as they denied our client his SSD benefits initially for not attending the CE. Our FOIA request was denied. The evidence in other cases was just as strong, so we can only assume that Social Security did not want to have to explain why IMA lied regarding the CE. The bottom line, do not let IMA lie.