Social Security Disability and your doctors
Yes, you can get SSDI, if the Social Security doctors agree you are disabled. This can be accomplished in a couple of ways. If your disability claim is pending at the state disability determination agency, the disability examiner working on your claim will evaluate the medical evidence in your disability file to make their decision. Once they have their determination completed, they send them to be reviewed by a Social Security doctor for the final decision.
Of course, their medical determination could be an approval or denial; however, if they find that you are medically disabled you will get SSDI.
If your disability claim does not have enough information to make a medical determination, your may have to go to a consultative examination prior to a decision being made. In truth, most individuals do not feel they receive a true evaluation of their medical conditions or limitations at these short impersonal examinations,
Still, there are times the consultative doctor agrees that an individual is disabled. If this is your situation, you might be found disabled; however, the disability specialist has to consider the consultative examination report and any other medical evidence in your file prior to making their decision.
If the disability specialist believes that the consultative examination and other medical information supports a finding of disabled, they will once again write their determination and send it for a final review from the disability agency doctor. If all agree, you will be found medically disabled and you will get disability.
In conclusion, if the Social Security doctors agree that you are disabled you will very likely will be approved for SSDI. Keep in mind, this question deals specifically with SSDI not SSI. SSI has the same medical determination process, therefore you will be found medically disabled if the Social Security Disability doctors agree that you are disabled.
However, SSI has very strict non-medical requirements that may cause you to be denied SSI disability benefits even though you are considered medically disabled.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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