The Role of the Disability Examiner
When a person applies for Social Security disability benefits, the application is usually sent to a local Disability Determination Services (DDS) office. The application is then reviewed by a “disability examiner” who is usually responsible for making the initial decisions regarding the approval or denial of disability benefits.
If the disability examiner decides that the claim does not fit the criteria required for disability benefits, the applicant is usually sent a denial notice from the Social Security Administration once a decision has been made. If you have been wrongly denied Social Security disability benefits, contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565 to discuss your legal options.
Duties of the Disability Examiner
The disability examiner is usually required to:
- Review the application to make sure that it has been filled out completely and accurately
- Request medical records documenting the disability
- Conduct interviews with medical professionals and the applicant if necessary
- Review the applicant’s work-history
- Request additional documentation if needed
- Make recommendations to the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding the approval or denial of benefits
It is important to note that the disability examiner is not responsible for making the final decisions regarding the approval or denial of benefits, but is the first-line of assessment when it comes to disability claims. The SSA usually has the final say as to whether a claim will be approved or rejected. If an application is rejected initially, the individual may pursue an appeal in court.