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Do Social Security Disability SSI Examiners have medical training?
No, they do not. Disability examiners, in most states, are simply individuals who have a certain minimal amount of education that pre-qualifies them for consideration for hiring. Typically, in most states (each state has it own disability determination services agency, or DDS, which processes case decisions for the social security administration), the minimum requirement is that they possess bachelor's degree. However, the bachelor's can be in any area.
If disability examiners do not have medical training, how can be they be expected to make decisions on disability claims? Examiners go through several months of training (in North Carolina, training was typically 12-14 weeks) which includes medical terminology and concepts, medical record shorthand, and, most importantly, how the social security administration defines "disability" and how it evaluates medical record evidence.
In addition to this training, disability examiners are supported by a unit supervisor who usually has several years of case processing experience, an assistant unit supervisor, and, most importantly, by a unit medical consultant (an M.D. physician) and a Ph.D.-level psychologist. These individuals "consult" with the examiner before a final decision is made on a claim. They also help the disability examiner to understand key parts of the medical evidence since disability examiners have no medical training per se.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
How to file for disability in Vermont
Does A Percentage of VA Disability Make You Eligible For Social Security Disability?
Diverticulitis and Filing for Disability
Anxiety Disorder and Filing for Disability
Medical Evidence on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim
What to bring to a disability interview when you apply
Decision on my Social Security Disability or SSI case
Can I get partial disability benefits?
SSD, SSI disability awards at age 50, 55
Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits if you Have A Mental Condition
Check your SSDI and SSI claim status
Social Security Disability and Medicaid for Disabled Adults
Can they garnish Social Security Disability?
Receiving SSI as a child and later as an adult
How social security evaluates attention deficit
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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
How to claim disability
Disability claim appeal status
How to get you Social Security Disability status
How does a person qualify for disability benefits?
How do you Apply for SSI?
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
Can you work if you get SSI?
How long will you get disability after an award notice?
If You Get Social Security Disability or SSI, Will Your Dependents Get A Check?
Social Security Disability denied
Time on a Social Security Disability Decision
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
f I get disability will my children receive benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI - Retroactive Benefits Vs Back Pay Benefits
How long do you have To Be Out Of Work Before You Get Social Security Disability (SSD)?
How to file for disability and medical conditions
What Does Social Security Consider To Be a Disability?
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Qualifying for disability benefits with the social security administration
How to get disability
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
How to appeal a disability denial