What if the Disability Examiner is Unfamiliar with my Medical Condition?
Most examiners will look up a condition that they have not encountered before. It's for this reason that they have resource reference works available to them. Certainly, the unit medical consultant, who is an M.D., will be aware of the condition. So, you shouldn't worry about contacting the examiner for this purpose.
Of course, it's always true that it's not really the condition that's preeminent, but the functional limitations that are caused by the condition.
Even in cases where a claimant might have a condition that is included in the blue book (the Social Security Disability list of impairments), satisfactorily meeting or equaling the listing criteria connotes an inability to engage in work activity at a substantial and gainful level.
The following is an excerpt from the page titled How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits: "There are just two ways of winning disability benefits under either the title II Social Security Disability program, or the title 16 SSI disability program (there is no difference in how either program is evaluated). The first way of winning is at step three of the sequential evaluation process. The second way of winning is at step five of the sequential evaluation process."
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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