When you’re trying to get Social Security Disability benefits because health problems are blocking you from working, sometimes Social Security will order you to get a medical examination from a doctor of their choosing. This can complicate your chances of winning the disability income you need to restore peace to your life. If possible, you should see your own doctor, who knows you better. Otherwise, approach the Social Security medical exam carefully. There are steps you can take to make sure your medical evidence is strong, and an exam ordered by Social Security doesn’t derail your disability claim. In this chart from the disability law firm James Trauring & Associates, LLC, with offices in Schenectady, Albany and Saratoga Springs serving Upstate and Western New York, find out what to do if Social Security wants you to get a “consultative” medical examination.