How does Social Security make a disability determination?

How does Social Security make a determination for SSD or SSI?

Once your disability claim is sent to the disability agency responsible for making each disability determination it is assigned to a disability examiner. It is their responsibility to send out for medical records from all of the medical sources you named in your disability application.

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If you have no treatment sources or your medical sources are more than ninety days old, you may have to attend a consultative examination. These examinations are performed by Social Security and are meant to give a current status of your disabling conditions. Social Security Disability examiners are required to have current medical evidence in order to make their medical determination.

Once the examiner has all of your medical information in file they may find that you meet or equal the criteria of an impairment listing if that is the case you will be found disabled. Many disability applicants are not able to meet or equal the strict criteria contained in an impairment listing.

Even if you do not meet the impairment criteria you may still be found disabled. At this point, examiners must consider the potential of a medical vocational allowance. In order to make this determination they evaluate your ability to do jobs that you performed in the 15 year prior to your becoming disabled.

If they find you are not able to do your past work due your limitations, they move on to the fifth and final step of the sequential disability evaluation process. This step requires the disability examiner to consider your ability to do other kinds of work. The examiner must consider your age, limitations, education and the transferability of your past work skills when evaluating your ability to perform any other kind of work.

If they find that your limitations are so restrictive that they prevent any other kind of work, you may be approved for disability benefits through a medical vocational allowance.

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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