Determination of disability
Expertise of disability or working capacity is carried out for a person with physical or mental health disorders due to which:
- the person has been in continuous treatment for at least six months before the date of the expert-examination;
- the person has experienced stable functional limitations, and this is confirmed by medical documents.
If a person's health disorders are severe and have an unfavorable prognosis or stable functional limitations have arisen, it is possible to apply for a disability expert-examination sooner than six months after consulting with treating doctor.
In order to carry out a disability examination, a person must first go to their attending physician who after evaluating the person's health condition and functional limitations, will refer them to the relevant specialists, prescribe the necessary examinations and if necessary send them to the SMC for a disability expert-examination.
In order to carry out the expertise, a person or his legal representative (for a minor - parents or guardians, guardian; in other cases - a person with a notarized power of attorney) must submit to the SMC:
- referral to SMC (form No. 088/u), documents in the annex thereto;
- if the examination will be carried out due to an occupational disease for which an opinion has been issued to the person, the opinion of the commission of doctors of the VSIA "Paula Stradiņa Clinical University Hospital" Occupational and Radiation Medicine Center is attached to the referral to the SMC (form No. 088/u) in which the occupational disease was found.