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Disability Evaluations 

Disability Evaluations
Disability Evaluations

Marilyn Price

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date: 15 October 2019

Mental health professionals frequently participate in the disability application process. Standards and requirements for a finding of disability may vary considerably from one context to another. A disability carrier may request that a mental health professional perform an independent medical examination. This chapter discusses the concepts of work capacity, functional impairment, and disability as they apply to disability evaluations performed for the most common types of disability insurers (Social Security, workers’ compensation, and private insurers), as well as work-related evaluations involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, fitness for duty and return to work, and disability in the context of litigation. Ethical issues in performing disability evaluations are addressed, including differences in the roles of the treating clinician and the independent forensic evaluator and management of situations where the evaluator’s opinion differs from that of the claimant and the claimant’s attorney.

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