I was denied twice, even with 9 surgeries, tons of medical reports from doctors and psychiatrists. Since I was also involved in a medical malpractice case and had been sent for an 'employability assessment', I enclosed a copy of that report the third time after hiring a lawyer.
All he had to do was fill out some papers and sign his name. For that, he received $5,000 out of my award. Disgusting! I found out later that I could have gone through Legal Aide for free! I was on Public Assistance and was receiving Food Stamps, so I would have qualified for Legal Aide! I don't know what your situation is, but I suggest you find out if you have that type of service available and if you qualify.
I also don't know how much the assessment cost as it was part of the lawsuit I had going. The man that did the assessment had actually been the primary person on developing the 'standard' for disability and I'm sure his report carried a ton of weight when it came to the final decision!
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus