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The Role of the Disability Examiner

Who is the Disability Examiner?

This is the person who decides if there is enough medical evidence to warrant approval of your claim.

The Disability Examiner (DE) will receive your information once your administrative eligibility has been verified by the local office. From this point, all changes in your condition, contact information, or other updates should be sent to the DE’s office. Note: If you have legal representation, he or she will handle this communication.

What does the DE do?

The DE requests medical records about your condition directly from your physicians. You should preempt this by speaking to your physician, especially making sure they are aware of how your condition limits you. Bring them a copy of the Medical Source Statement to complete plus a stamped envelope addressed to the DE. Before they mail the Medical Source Statement, be sure to request a copy of the completed document for your records.

When should I contact the DE?

Only contact the Disability Examiner when you have additional information pertinent to your case or to see if all information has been received. Do not check in on the status of your case excessively, and do not contact the DE at all if you have hired legal representation unless specifically instructed.

What can I do in the meantime?

Attend all appointments with your healthcare provider and any visits with healthcare professionals requested by the Social Security Administration (SSA).  It’s important to stress the ways this disability affects you on a daily basis. Make sure you and your doctors keep detailed records and that you are on the same page, presenting consistent information.

Hiring an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability can greatly benefit your case. They will draw from experience to review your paperwork, communicate on your behalf, and ensure everything is submitted in a timely manner.

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