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After you file for SSD, the Disability Examiner may contact you for additional information

Once you file your disability claim, your claim is sent to a federally funded state agency responsible for making medical disability determinations for Social Security. There, your disability claim is assigned to a disability examiner.

Disability examiners are responsible for gathering medical records from the medical sources that you provided during your disability claim interview. As the medical information comes in, the examiner must determine if your medical sources have provided enough information to allow them to make their medical disability determination.

If the examiner determines that there is not enough information for them to make a determination, they will contact you to schedule an examination (or examinations) to address your alleged disabling conditions. An examination of this type is known as a CE, or consultative exam.

Doctors who are paid by Social Security to provide medical information for disability decisions perform consultative examinations. Consultative examinations are generally not the best evaluation of the true limitations of your medical or mental conditions. For the most part, they are performed to provide the bare minimum amount of medical information needed for a disability decision. Unfortunately, from my experience as a disability examiner, consultative examinations resulted in far more disability denials than approvals.

Your disability examiner will most also likely contact you so you may provide them with information about how your disabling condition affects the performance of routine activities such as household chores, grocery shopping, socializing, grooming, etc. Generally, they will also contact the third party person that you listed on your disability application as well to get another perspective as to how your disabling condition affects your daily activities or even your ability to work.

When the disability examiner has enough information to make their disability decision, you will be sent a decisional notice through the postal service. If you are denied for disability and you still feel that you are disabled, you have sixty-five days to file an appeal of your disability denial with Social Security. This means your appeal has to be in your local (social security) office by the sixty-fifth day to be considered timely. If you are late in filing your appeal, there is a chance that you may have to begin the disability process again.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

What does a Social Security Disability Examiner do?
Can I Talk To the Disability Examiner Working On My Case?
How Does A Social Security Disability Examiner Determine a Personís Functional Limitations?
What happens if the Social Security disability examiner cannot find all the needed medical records?
How long does it take for an examiner to review a disability case?
Will the the SSA Examiner Call or Contact me about my Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
What tools are used by a Social Security Disability Examiner to Make a Claim Decision?
After you file for SSD, the Disability Examiner may contact you for additional information

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria